Why Your Organization Needs A Back to Work Risk Assessment

by | Jul 23, 2021 | Infrastructure, Security | 0 comments

What is a Back to Work Risk Assessment?

Traditionally, back to work risk assessments were used after an incident or natural disaster. In 2021, many businesses are using risk assessments to prepare their IT environments for the return to the office. If your team has just returned to the office or is planning to return soon, a risk assessment can help you identify critical security failures before they are exploited by bad actors.

A risk assessment will help you:

  • Identify gaps in your system
  • Map out the attack surface
  • Prioritize what needs immediate attention

Why is a Risk Assessment Useful?

It’s not enough to just understand your current system status. A thorough risk assessment can help you predict how your systems will be affected by things like new software, more network usage, or outside traffic.

A typical back to work risk assessment should include:

  • An analysis of how to maintain and protect your information, systems, data, etc. that you may have lost or left vulnerable after moving to remote work
  • Information on how to appropriately manage both physical security (like cameras) and technology vulnerabilities (like identity management) for ongoing protection
  • Recommendations for a recovery plan if your systems have been compromised
  • A timeline for what to do next

A risk assessment should include an analysis of potential future risks and vulnerabilities your organization may face, with consideration given to relevant laws, regulations and industry best practices that have emerged since the pandemic began. It can help you stay compliant, secure, and prepared for an incident.

How Do You Conduct a Risk Assessment?

If your IT team has the knowledge and resources they need to conduct an assessment themselves, you can conduct an assessment internally.

At Peters, we offer assessments to organizations that need third-party expertise. At Peters, our free vulnerabilities scan and report provides three levels of identification and analysis:

Summary of Issue

When we identify a weakness or issue in your security posture, we’ll provide you with a summary of the issue that includes its severity level. Severity levels include:

  • False Positive – Include systems that were flagged by our risk assessment software and that were determined to be functional by engineers
  • Low Level – Includes systems that store public data, systems that are easily recoverable or reproducible, and systems that perform non-critical tasks
  • Medium Level – Includes systems that store internal-use data, systems that are trusted by other machines in the network, and systems that provide normal business services
  • High Level – Includes systems that store confidential data, systems highly trusted by other networked systems, and systems that provide critical services

Impact

Once the severity has been determined, Peters can predict the impact of the vulnerability on your systems. If an incident has already taken place, we will investigate to find out if there has been data loss or system damage.

Solution

A risk assessment is useless unless it is followed up with next steps to mitigate and correct system issues. Peters can provide you with solutions; our team can also take over implementation and management if it’s needed.

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