Improve security posture and manage risk

Effective cybersecurity doesn’t happen by accident, and it isn’t something you can ‘set and forget.’ The truth is that a combination of layered technical and procedural controls is necessary to secure your environment, and it requires ongoing management. With so many stakeholders and competing interests, it can be challenging to prioritize efforts and get organizational buy-in to fund security efforts.

Risk management is the ongoing strategic approach to identifying and addressing hazards to the business, enabling good decision making removed from personal bias and based on business needs. Risk assessment and management is not only a best practice, but also a requirement of many compliance standards such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, ISO 27001 and NIST 800-53.

The importance of risk management

Without a defined approach to risk management and the classifications of risks, IT departments are poorly positioned to enforce good cybersecurity practices. Because security decisions are often not black and white, it is crucial to be able to understand, quantify and track risks to an organization. Having a risk management program in place allows collaboration between business stakeholders and IT, and facilitates easier agreement on both priorities and acceptable levels of risk for the organization itself.

How we help

Leveraging an independent third party helps avoid organizational blind spots and provides an unbiased assessment of your cybersecurity risks. When we perform risk assessments, Flexential Professional Services (FPS) gathers input from both IT and business stakeholders to evaluate risk holistically and document your risk posture in a way that facilitates consensus and buy-in across the organization. All of this is done in a way that is consistent with NIST 800-30 standards so that you not only get an actionable roadmap from which to work on your risk treatment, but also to satisfy a common annual need of most compliance requirements.

Outcomes of a risk assessment include not only documentation of your risk posture, but also specific real-world guidance that is both actionable and measurable by leveraging industry-recognized standards. We will work closely with your team to develop a process that is both simple and repeatable, resulting in more consistency and a way to track your progress.

Features and benefits

Features of risk assessment

  • Actionable recommendations and realistic timelines
  • Current security posture analysis
  • Identify the ideal future state for your organization and resource allocation
  • Analysis of potential threats and impacts

Benefits of risk assessment

  • Remain on the forefront of leading security practices
  • Enable internal resources to focus efforts and attention on areas that make the most positive impact
  • Maintain a satisfactory security posture for your organization

Related assets

Data sheet: Professional risk assessments

Flexential will help you evaluate your security posture with detailed risk assessments designed to identify organizational threats and their associated risk.

Data sheet: Disaster recovery readiness assessment

Flexential provides expert DR guidance drawing from multi-platform and compliance expertise.

Data Sheet: Vulnerability assessment

The Flexential professional services team helps organizations assess their vulnerabilities, improve their security posture and quickly and effectively counter attacks
What our customers say
“The Flexential team’s security expertise has helped us work toward our PCI-DSS compliance goals and provide a world-class, secure online environment for our customers to plan their vacations.”
Ian Buxton, IT Risk Manager, Vail Resorts Management Company