IT Health Check

IT Health Check

IT Health Check is the essential tool in establishing a solid foundation upon which to review, renew and improve your Cyber Security footing. The IT Health Check helps you identify your weakest security areas and recommends the appropriate actions to mitigate any potential risks that we discover.

IT Health Check, What is it?

The IT Health Check is an essential activity that businesses and organisations should undergo every year. Like an MOT for a car, or a financial audit for a businesses finances, the Cyber Security Health Check identifies issues in your Cyber Security before they become a real problem.

The IT Health Check will help you identify your weakest security areas, it will also recommend the appropriate actions to mitigate any potential risks that we discover. An IT health check will provide you with a detailed report describing your current cyber risk status and will leverage best practices, like Cyber Essentials. Cyber Essentials Plus, ISO 27001, CIS 18 Critical Controls and NCSC guidance. The report provides recommendations for reducing your overall cyber risk footprint and tightening you current controls with existing technology. The health check helps you to uncover your Cyber Security weak spots before the attackers do and can help you identify your weakest security areas.

An awareness of Cyber Security risks at board level is critical to your organisation, as part of our comprehensive health check we focus on executive management’s knowledge and awareness of your key risk areas. Our IT health check service quickly identifies potential issues by asking targeted questions. We assess how you respond to cyber incidents, as well as your team’s knowledge of Cyber Security and risk management and ensure that your cyber risk management processes are sufficiently robust.

Our experienced advisers evaluate your current cyber capabilities across multiple dimensions including governance and strategy, security defenses and controls, threat and vulnerability management, and incident readiness, response, and resilience. We implement a phased approach to identify the true nature of your organization’s threat profile, assess your Cyber Security posture and provide practical and actionable recommendations to assist you in maturing your organization’s Cyber Security program.

IT Health Check Pricing

Micro Business: £1700

Small Business: £2550

Medium Business: £4250

Larger: Call for a quote

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Cyber Security Consulting

Penetration Testing

SOC as a Service

Cyber Essentials

Vulnerability Scanning

Requirements

The IT Health Check requires both an External and Internal assessment. We will assign a qualified security consultant to help with scoping the engagement and delivering the project.

Depending on the size of the network and number of devices, sample testing of a minimum of 10 per cent of the estate can be performed and correct scoping is critical to ensure that the service offered meets the CoCo requirements without being overbearing and over budget.

Internal Assessment

Internal testing takes the form of a Penetration Test and should include Vulnerability Scanning and a thorough Manual Analysis of your internal network.

At a minimum it should include:

  • Desktop and Server build and configuration, and network management security
  • Patching of Operating Systems, Applications and Firmware levels
  • Configuration of Remote Access solutions including Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and the associated authentication
  • Build and Configuration Review of Laptops and other Mobile devices such as phones and tablets used for remote access
  • Internal Security Gateway configuration including the Firewall connection to the PSN network.
  • Wireless Network configuration

The assessment of the above look to provide assurance that your internal systems are configured in a secure manner and are being properly maintained

External Assessment

The External Assessment part of the ITHC should include public-facing services such as email servers, web servers and other systems such as the firewalls in place to prevent unauthorised access from the public Internet into your organisation.

Any other inbound connections from the Internet such as Remote Access or Site-to-Site Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) also need to be penetration tested as part of the engagement. This assessment takes place for the infrastructure and authentication methods in place to protect the connections.

PSN IT Health Checks

The IT Health Check can be used by companies connected to, or seeking connection to, the UK Governments Public Services Network. Hedgehog Security is a CREST member company and can scope and perform your IT Health Check (ITHC) for access to the Public Services Network (PSN).

The Public Services Network (PSN) is the government’s high-performance network, which helps public sector organisations work together, reduce duplication and share resources. Organisations, both public and private sector, that require a connection to the PSN must complete a Code of Connection (CoCo) application.

It is a requirement of the CoCo application to provide a recent (within 12 months) IT Health Check report that has to be performed by a qualified organisation such as ourselves. This must then be completed annually.

Not only does the ITHC allow access to the PSN, which is a great benefactor to your business but simply showing you’re on the network demonstrates that your organisation’s security arrangements, policies and controls are sufficiently rigorous. Organisations connecting to the PSN must then perform an annual IT Health Check in order to sustain the connection.