One of your biggest nightmares is that your system is compromised and information from your system is obtained. This can include financial information, information from your clients, and even intellectual property. This is why you may have an audit manager on property. Their responsibility is to conduct audits on a regular basis to ensure that there are no problems within your network security.
If your audit manager is on property instead of choosing one from a third-party company, they may be keeping a variety of things from you. This is simply because there are problems and they don’t want you to know about them because it could cost them (or their friends) their employment status. This means that you are network may not be as secure as you think it is.
Below are three things that your audit manager may be keeping from you when they submit reports.
Employees are downloading programs on their computer.
A lot of employees tried to download programs on their computer because they don’t see any harm in it. Your audit manager may be one of the people who are allowing programs to be downloaded simply because they aren’t stopping employees - and they are not asking IT to put any systems in place to prevent it from happening. Employees will download everything from games to music players to various other programs to keep them occupied while they aren’t working. These programs can contain a variety of viruses and cause significant damage on your system.
There was a breach in the network.
Small breaches within the network happen all of the time. This is because someone finds a backdoor into the network. Usually, the problem is fixed before anyone has the opportunity to download any important content, but sometimes the problem may not get fixed in time. If there is a breach in the network, it is likely that your audit manager is not going to tell you about it because it means that they were not doing their job effectively. If they had found the leak, the breach probably would never have happened - and this is why it will not show up on any report that they submit to you.
Employees are sharing passwords.
Employees will often share passwords with each other in order to get onto the employee intranet. This is because they forget their own and wait for IT to reset theirs. Until then, everyone will share the passwords in order to get everyone on and stay productive. The problem with this is that it is hard to pinpoint problems to one specific user because the password may be used by three or four users at a time. The audit manager isn’t going to share this with you because it could cost them their job or a close friend of theirs their job.
The safest way to prevent problems with your network is to hire an audit manager from a third-party to avoid having certain things hidden from you.
Secure Vantage Technology’s Audit Manager 2010 for SCOM 2007 or Audit Manager 2012 for SCOM 2012 can help to reduce the time and resources you spend in the IT security auditing process.
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