Gap & Risk Analysis
A comprehensive cyber security gap analysis is the logical next step following a vulnerability scan. It’s also a key component of Aspire's approach to big-picture cyber security management. Whereas our vulnerability scanning services identify risks on a granular level, a security gap analysis builds on this. It provides the strategic intelligence necessary to develop an effective security posture that aligns with the goals of your business.
Aspire is unique among security consulting firms in that our services enable the growth and success of your business, rather than merely react to threats as they occur. A cybersecurity gap analysis is an important part of this, as it looks at both the technology you have in place and the internal processes that help you maintain a stronger, more secure IT infrastructure.
How to Get Started
Aspire's vulnerability scanning and data security gap analysis processes are completely non-intrusive. We understand that for busy organizations, work can't come to a halt when you need assessments. Our scanning services can be performed remotely, across multiple platforms and multiple locations. The process is instantaneous and provides us with accurate reporting that we use to develop a plan for moving forward.
At the procedural level, we attempt to find the points of convergence between your people, your policies and the potential holes in your database security. This allows us to make targeted recommendations that, ultimately, allow you to allocate resources more effectively.
Aspire Tech provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for organization. Testing security controls is an integral part of the organization’s security requirements. Providing a plan for security control ensures that the process runs smoothly. Your Infrastructure & IT Security will be assessed by the Aspire Tech Services and Solutions. The use of an independent assessment team reduces the potential for conflicts of interest that could occur in verifying the implementation status and effectiveness of the security controls. According to the NIST, Managing Information Security Risk states:
Assessor independence is an important factor in: (i) preserving the impartial and unbiased nature of the assessment process; (ii) determining the credibility of the security assessment results; and (iii) ensuring that the authorizing official receives the most objective information possible in order to make an informed, risk-based, authorization decision.
Aspire cyber security gap analysis is a very specific service based on industry-recognized best practices, as well as our own experience as leaders in the field. Our gap analysis looks at more than 100 aspects of overall cyber security, with a special focus on the challenges facing small- and medium-sized businesses — one of the groups most frequently targeted in cyber attacks. Using a combination of scanning tools, workshops with your key staff and other research, we map your overall security posture against our proprietary maturity model, and give you a security maturity score
Once we've identified where gaps lie, we can determine how well you’re managing these risks and provide specific advice for moving your business forward. This involves not just technological or infrastructural improvements, but also changes to your internal policies that help manage threats on the level of people and processes. We also look specifically at the governance and regulatory compliance requirements of your industry, making sure you are well-positioned to mitigate risks or pass an audit with ease
Although Aspire Tech Services and Solutions Ltd has performed Gap Analysis engagements on numerous regulations, guidelines and best practice standards, the following requirement documents have been the most popular.
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- NCUA – Rules and Regulations, Part 748, Appendix A; Interagency Guidelines Establishing Information Security Standards
- ISO/IEC 27001:2005, Information technology — Security techniques — Information security management systems – Requirements; and
- Massachusetts’ 201 CMR 17.00: Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth
- Federal Information Security and Management Act (FISMA)