This article was originally published in The Learning Counsel on 5.8.23 by Charlie Sander, CEO at ManagedMethods.
A cybersecurity audit gives you visibility into how effective your security measures are performing
K-12 school districts put various security measures in place—from anti-malware to documentation—to protect their networks and applications from outside attacks. But what many don’t know is how effective these measures are, particularly as cyber attacks and vulnerabilities are constantly evolving.
To address this crucial point, districts should conduct cybersecurity audits, which measure and document the value of their security controls and processes. The audit process looks at the performance of the controls, the accuracy of documentation, and cyber attack event reports.
The rigor and complexity of an audit is based on the size of the district and their cybersecurity program, while helping them demonstrate compliance with cybersecurity regulations, standards, and frameworks. Audit reports can showcase a school district’s commitment to cybersecurity and compliance.
But before getting to an audit, an organization needs to properly prepare for it. So, let’s dive into the crucial steps to take before a cybersecurity audit.