Security Risks Analysis & Mutigation

What is a security risk assessment?

A security risk assessment identifies, assesses, and implements key security controls in applications. It also focuses on preventing application security defects and vulnerabilities.  

Carrying out a risk assessment allows an organisation to view the application portfolio holistically—from an attacker’s perspective. It supports managers in making informed resource allocation, tooling, and security control implementation decisions. Thus, conducting an assessment is an integral part of an organisation’s risk management process.

Our Security risks assessment work

Factors such as size, growth rate, resources, and asset portfolio affect the depth of risk assessment models. Organisations can carry out generalised assessments when experiencing budget or time constraints. However, generalised assessments don’t necessarily provide the detailed mappings between assets, associated threats, identified risks, impact, and mitigating controls. If generalised assessment results don’t provide enough of a correlation between these areas, a more in-depth assessment is necessary.

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Our 4 steps of security risks assessment model

  1. Identification. Determine all critical assets of the technology infrastructure. Next, diagnose sensitive data that is created, stored, or transmitted by these assets. Create a risk profile for each.

  2. Assessment. Administer an approach to assess the identified security risks for critical assets. After careful evaluation and assessment, determine how to effectively and efficiently allocate time and resources towards risk mitigation. The assessment approach or methodology must analyze the correlation between assets, threats, vulnerabilities, and mitigating controls.

  3. Mitigation. Define a mitigation approach and enforce security controls for each risk.

  4. Prevention. Implement tools and processes to minimize threats and vulnerabilities from occurring in your firm’s resources.

What problems does our security risks assessment solve?

Our comprehensive security assessment allows an organisation to:

  • Identify assets (e.g., network, servers, applications, data centers, tools, etc.) within the organisation.

  • Create risk profiles for each asset.

  • Understand what data is stored, transmitted, and generated by these assets.

  • Assess asset criticality regarding business operations. This includes the overall impact to revenue, reputation, and the likelihood of a firm’s exploitation.

  • Measure the risk ranking for assets and prioritize them for assessment.

  • Apply mitigating controls for each asset based on assessment results.

It’s important to understand that a security risk assessment isn’t a one-time security project. Rather, it’s a continuous activity that should be conducted at least once every other year. Continuous assessment provides an organisation with a current and up-to-date snapshot of threats and risks to which it is exposed.

At Cobra Eye, we recommend annual assessments of critical assets with a higher impact and likelihood of risks. The assessment process creates and collects a variety of valuable information. A few examples include:

  • Creating an application portfolio for all current applications, tools, and utilities.

  • Documenting security requirements, policies, and procedures.

  • Establishing a collection of system architectures, network diagrams, data stored or transmitted by systems, and interactions with external services or vendors.

  • Developing an asset inventory of physical assets (e.g., hardware, network, and communication components and peripherals).

  • Maintaining information on operating systems (e.g., PC and server operating systems).

    • Information about:

      • Data repositories (e.g., database management systems, files, etc.).

      • Current security controls (e.g., authentication systems, access control systems, antivirus, spam controls, network monitoring, firewalls, intrusion detection, and prevention systems).

      • Current baseline operations and security requirements pertaining to compliance of governing bodies.

      • Assets, threats, and vulnerabilities (including their impacts and likelihood).

      • Previous technical and procedural reviews of applications, policies, network systems, etc.

      • Mapping of mitigating controls for each risk identified for an asset.

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What industries require a security risk assessment for compliance?

Most organisations require some level of personal identifiable information (PII) or personal health information (PHI) for business operations. This information comes from partners, clients, and customers. Information such as tax identification number, date of birth, driver’s license number, passport details, medical history, etc. are all considered confidential information.

As such, organisations creating, storing, or transmitting confidential data should undergo a risk assessment. Risk assessments are required by a number of laws, regulations, and standards. 

Organisations often question the need for compliance and adherence to these regulations. At Cobra Eye we feel that an organisation is required to undergo a security risk assessment to remain compliant with a unified set of security controls. Controls that are implemented and agreed upon by such governing bodies.

In fact, these controls are accepted and implemented across multiple industries. They provide a platform to weigh the overall security posture of an organisation. Governing entities also recommend performing an assessment for any asset containing confidential data. Assessments should take place bi-annually, annually, or at any major release or update.

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