A cybersecurity maturity assessment can grade your security posture and highlight areas of high risk, giving you a clear direction on what to work on.
What Is A Cybersecurity Maturity Risk Assessment?
In the most basic terms, a cybersecurity maturity risk assessment, otherwise known as a CSMA, is a gap analysis of your security posture. Cybersecurity maturity assessment scores are an industry-wide standard of measurement with regard to the quality of an organization’s current security posture. CSMAs are offered by most reputable cybersecurity companies, and the parameters of an assessment can change slightly based on the nationality and size of the security company implementing the assessment. The more in-depth the assessment process, the more accurate your results will be; therefore, the more useful the results will be to your organization.
Interpreting the Results of A Cybersecurity Maturity Assessment
The results of a CSMA offer priceless insight into the current state of maturity of your cybersecurity protocols. After completing a cybersecurity maturity risk assessment, you will three important pieces of information that will benefit your security posture moving forward. Your results will be in the form of a numeric grade from 1 being the least mature and 5 being the most mature.
1. How Mature Is Your Security Strategy?’
The results of a cybersecurity maturity assessment offer priceless insight into your security strategies’ current level of maturity. When applied to cybersecurity, the term ‘maturity’ refers to an organization’s ability to protect itself from cyber-attacks. The most mature security posture is one that implements industry best practices and has both external and internal attack surface management plans. The cybersecurity maturity level of your organization will be judged on its ability to adapt to the latest cyber threat intelligence and whether it is capable of deflecting active and passive hacking attempts. A CSMA will also look into your cybersecurity strategy’s ability to constantly evolve its practices. The ideal ‘mature’ security posture is able to stay one step ahead of the threat.
Why is Cybersecurity Maturity Important?
This benchmark measurement is useful for so many reasons. Not only does it give you an overall assessment of your security posture, but it also affects your organization’s level of perceived integrity. If your security posture is mature, everyone else now knows that it’s safe to work for and with you. They can trust you with access to their systems and entrust sensitive information to the organization.
Here are just a few benefits of a high maturity score:
- A high cybersecurity maturity creates trust in the eyes of customers, employees, and 3rd-party vendors.
- Stakeholders and Shareholders know that their investments are well protected
- Yet another way to stand out from the crowd of your competitors. Cybersecurity and integrity are becoming more and more impactful on which businesses consumers decide to trust.
2. What Is Your Biggest Risk?
So much of cybersecurity strategy is trying to anticipate your enemy’s next move. Like a game of digital chess, you must anticipate attacks, block breach attempts, and mitigate players. However, when you remove the analogy and realize the very real threat and that it’s your organization’s digital assets are at risk, many cyber security teams are left trembling, wondering when and where the enemy will strike.
This is why a Cybersecurity maturity assessment is so important. The results will uncover the biggest risk to your organization by finding each and every weakness in your security posture.
3. Refine And Refocus Your Efforts
Looking to the future, a cybersecurity maturity assessment can point you in the right direction to improve your cybersecurity maturity most effectively. Now that you know your company’s cybersecurity maturity level and have identified your biggest risks, you can use that information to better your security posture in a targeted way.
Did your CSMA indicate you need to focus on external attack surface management? Perhaps your employees need to be trained in password best practices more often. Or perhaps you need to run more advanced testing along the perimeter of your cybersecurity border by hiring red teams and cyber threat intelligence teams. Your cybersecurity maturity assessment results will help you know where to buckle down to best mitigate your biggest risk factor.
A Cybersecurity maturity assessment is the first step.
Hiring a cybersecurity company to perform a cybersecurity maturity assessment is a great first step in improving your organization’s security and digital integrity. Nevertheless, just like the threat of cyberattacks never ceases, so too does the need for security postures to constantly improve and evolve to meet new threats. At Randori IBM, we can help you with a cybersecurity maturity assessment and provide you with a comprehensive plan for improvement based on the results. Our unique approach to external attack surface management and adherence to the most advanced cybersecurity best practices make us the right choice to improve your organization’s cybersecurity maturity. Click HERE for more information.