We all know that one of the main challenges of any company in the IT services business is to get that first meeting with a new prospect. What is your unique selling point? What really makes your company stand out from the crowd? Wouldn’t it be great if you had something in your portfolio that opens doors and keeps them open?
The Cyber Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) is just that! In a nutshell, it measures any organization’s cyber maturity and maps the potential risks it is exposed to.
In today’s world of ever-increasing cyber threats, that is exactly what more and more organizations are looking for. They need a solution that makes it quick and easy for them to regularly check their security status, giving them insight into their vulnerabilities and providing concrete recommendations on how to improve cyber security. It’s the only way for them to stay ahead of the game and to ensure that they spend their available security budget in the most effective way.
And that is exactly what the Cyber Security Assessment Tool does.
Let’s dive a little deeper.
CSAT in a nutshell
The Cyber Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) is a software product developed by experienced security experts to quickly assess an organization’s current cyber security status and to recommend improvements based on facts. The tool collects relevant security data from various sources in the hybrid IT environment. In addition, the assessment tool uses a questionnaire to collect data on organizational policies and other key indicators.
The tool is installed on a server in the network and collects relevant data by scanning:
- endpoints such as laptops, desktops and servers
- the Azure cloud platform
- the (Azure) Active Directory
- data in Office 365, SharePoint and Intune
The assessment is structured along with the CIS framework, a widely used set of best practices designed for structured cyber risk management within businesses and organizations. It fits seamlessly into a Zero Trust policy that protects all employees, devices and applications, wherever they are, without hindering productivity.
Tackle those security gaps
The assessment and action plan are the perfect point of departure to help you position the right improvements to tackle your client’s security vulnerabilities. For example, if it turns out that the endpoints are the main vulnerability, that is your cue to offer a device management solution to help mitigate the risk. If the cloud environment is the issue, why not suggest artificial intelligence and cloud intelligence to detect and respond to anomalies in real-time?
The list is endless: optimalization of authentication procedures and access policies, the implementation of comprehensive and distributed micro-segmentation, setting up automated alerts and recovery actions to minimize the average time between attack and response… No doubt, you can think of other products and services to add to the list!
The assessment is simply the conversation starter that helps to pinpoint the client’s vulnerabilities and to illustrate key action points with tailored timelines and actionable next steps. Its great value is twofold: it helps your client to invest in the most effective security measures, and puts you in the driver’s seat to implement them.
But the Cyber Security Assessment Tool is of course more than just a baseline measurement. We don’t need to explain to you that security vulnerabilities and risks need to be monitored regularly in order to be effective. That that really is the only way for any organization to tackle their cyber resilience in the right places.
That is exactly why our most successful partners use the assessment tool as a method for periodic monitoring. It gives them a reason to meet with their customers at regular intervals without ever being perceived as pushy or obtrusive.
In addition, an assessment helps to build a business case and aligns IT and the management team. You know as well as we do that the most effective security strategies are embedded in all business operations, and that buy-in from decision makers is needed in order to achieve that. Exposing a company’s cyber vulnerabilities in a clear and concise report is a sure-fire way to get their attention.
Companies like yours love it
The Cyber Security Assessment Tool is used by many of our business partners, and they simply love it. Here’s why:
- It’s super easy to implement – you’ll be up and running in a matter of days
- It’s the perfect conversation starter with any organization
- It automates most of the normally labour-intensive monitoring and reporting process
- It provides your way to position your services
- Periodic monitoring gives you the perfect reason to meet with your customers regularly
- It really is a win-win for you and your clients