Beginners guide to the risk assessment process
April 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM
A cybersecurity expert showing an employee the risk assessment process

In the past several decades, businesses and government organizations have conducted the majority of their private data storage, transactions, and communications online. Cybersecurity risk assessments have therefore become increasingly relevant for the protection of organizational leaders, employees, and clientele.

Recent advancements in technology combined with the prevalence of hacker culture have made it impossible for organizations to stay on top of cybersecurity without the help of a professional service. Hiring a cybersecurity expert for a risk assessment is an excellent first step to take before implementing new practices.

As the leader in U.S. military cybersecurity, our professionals at The Baran Agency are committed to the protection of your digitally stored data. Below we have provided a complete beginner’s guide to the risk assessment process so that you have all the information you need to get started.

What the process entails

At The Baran Agency, our risk assessment process starts by examining your data for signs of existing security breaches. This important first step not only enables us to take action against the breach itself, but it also helps us to determine vulnerabilities within your current security protocol. We will then proceed to assess software, hardware, and network security controls, as well as the policies that your organization has in place to prevent employees from experiencing problems such as password theft or unauthorized access to sensitive data.

Benefits of a risk assessment

One of the main benefits of a risk assessment is that it can help identify current security breaches that may compromise your organization if left to persist. With this information, our experts can determine the security controls that are working and those that need to be adjusted. Furthermore, a thorough risk assessment can reveal vulnerabilities that you have never before considered, empowering your organization to take action against potential threats.

How to prepare

Prior to a cybersecurity risk assessment, there are several useful pieces of information that your organization can gather in preparation for this comprehensive service. First, we recommend making a list of all of the individuals who have access to the company’s sensitive data. Writing down the various programs that your organization uses to communicate, store private data, and conduct business transactions is another excellent way to expedite the risk assessment process. Finally, it is important for our risk assessment professionals to have a reliable point of contact who can describe the policies that are currently in place to protect company data, and security measures that rely on the compliance of staff members.

How to choose a risk assessment service

Your choice of cybersecurity services could be the difference between a serious data breach and a well-protected organization. Therefore, it is crucial to do your research and make an informed decision. In the world of cybersecurity, experience is everything. Working with a company that has a track record consisting of high profile organizations with serious security risks is the best way to guarantee a high-quality service. At The Baran Agency, we specialize in the digital protection of military organizations. We have the tools and expertise to protect your data with the same rigor that we apply to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Next steps

Once your risk assessment is complete, our team will suggest optimal security controls based on your organization. We will then oversee implementation and stage a data breach to ensure the success of our efforts, re-strategizing if necessary. We will not rest until we are confident that your data is secure.

Work with the top cybersecurity service provider in the United States. Contact us today to learn more about The Baran Agency risk assessment process.