Mention the word audit to IT professionals and you will probably see their eyes glaze over as they imagine frightening visions of auditors with pointy tails, pitchforks, and checklists running around and pointing out all of the things they have done wrong to their manager. The purpose of a security audit is not to place blame or pick apart network design, but to ensure the integrity, effectiveness, and compliance of corporate security policies. Auditing provides the ability to test the assumptions companies have about how secure they think they are from threats and to gauge whether or not policies map to industry best practices and compliance laws. An organization’s level of risk is quantified by placing a value on the assets of ...

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