How a Security Assessment Can Help Your Business Mitigate Risks

Sep 9, 2022

We are in an era of transformation: Digital, Cloud, and Security. To help navigate this immediate need for security transformation, Coretek provides an unbiased, quantifiable security assessment. This assessment helps organizations identify gaps in their security posture and provides insight into leveraging existing and modern technologies to respond to the constantly evolving threat landscape. 

Four-Week Security Assessment  

Coretek engages with customers on a four-week security journey by first understanding the current and future business objectives. This initial insight helps the Coretek team appreciate why customers feel the security assessment is valuable and ensure that the time spent on it will support their goals. Following a methodical approach customized to the organization's needs, Coretek becomes a partner in understanding how to help drive the customer's business forward. 

Zero Trust Methodology  

Coretek embraces Microsoft's approach to the Zero Trust methodology because it is clearly defined by three pillars of threat prevention across six areas of defense. The first step is an exercise to map existing tools and systems against a Zero Trust matrix to identify gaps; this provides an educated strategic approach to create the framework for a series of discovery sessions and technology workshops. 

Assessment Recommendations  

As a result, Coretek creates a holistic outline of the current security estate with recommendations that the customer should be leveraging within their existing tools and licensing to improve their overall posture.  

The recommendations are focused on the business need and investment costs aligned to feature capabilities and security hardening for the customer's environment. From the current state, Coretek's recommendations will showcase what is possible for the organization's future state security plan. 

In summary, there are a lot of moving pieces. Not only is the security posture and user experience necessary, but considering the overall cost of licensing, administration, and professional services to get started is vital. A Microsoft Security Assessment with Coretek helps a business consider all of these business-critical decision points that need to be analyzed to understand how to optimize investments. 

At the end of a successful Security Assessment, a customer will understand: 

  • How to strengthen their security posture 
  • Drive security effectiveness 
  • How to respond and remediate quickly 
  • Deliver a better user experience  
  • Provide overall business enablement 

What is the Customer’s Commitment During the Assessment? 

To provide these assessments to customers free of charge, Coretek and Microsoft expect that the customer meets the following to ensure the engagement runs smoothly and efficiently. These benchmarks help teams deliver quality assessments and detailed recommendations tailored to a customer's specific needs. 

Customer Resource Availability  
Identify a sponsor and designate them to participate in the assessment planning and execution. CISOs, Security Execs, IT Execs, and Technical and business stakeholders are examples. 

Time Commitment 
4-8 hours from kick-off to final reviews 

Engagement & Collaboration 
Prepare a high-level list of existing tools used currently, contract renewal dates, cost, and what purpose that solution provides to the organization. This information is critical to discussing the Executive Adoption Roadmap deliverable and the Cost Analysis and Benefits outline. 

At Coretek, our Microsoft Engineers need Global Reader Access on the customer's Microsoft tenant and Security reader on all Azure subscriptions.  

Are Security Assessments Different for Different Industries? 

While the approach to delivering the security assessment is the same for each industry, the business processes and operational requirements are certainly not. For different industries, it is vital to consider the various business challenges, roles, and responsibilities and how modernizing security operations can help. 

An element of security assessments that Coretek incorporates is consulting guidance on best practices outside of security technology, including policy and procedure creation, employee training and awareness, vulnerability assessments, and more.  

How to Get Started with a Security Assessment 

At Coretek, our customers work with their Account Representative or Microsoft Account Representative to identify if they qualify. Once qualified, there are no contracts. The contract for the assessment is held between Coretek and Microsoft directly. The customer only has to approve that Coretek is their chosen partner. From there, the Coretek and Microsoft teams work together to get the resources aligned and kick off the assessment. 

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