IT Security Levels
Take Control of Your Cybersecurity
Do you know what you need to do to upgrade your business’s cybersecurity? Many business leaders are tasked with improving their organization’s security without a clear understanding of how to accomplish that. Aldridge’s cybersecurity experts developed these IT Security Levels to assist businesses undertaking security initiatives by providing tangible security goals to work towards. Take a look at our IT Security Levels diagram below to determine…
- Which Security Level your organization is at currently
- What Security Level your business should be at
- The actions needed to get your security to the right level
1. The Levels
Aldridge’s IT Security Levels
Security Levels Explained
Not every business needs to get to Security Level 4 + a CIO. Your recommended Security Level depends on your business’s unique risk factors, your IT footprint, and the industry that you are in. Read through the explanation of each Security Level to gain an understanding of where your business should be.
Level 1 Lagging
Organization’s at this level only have a few basic unmanaged security tools. These tools are likely to be poorly maintained because there is no one actively monitoring them. This level is not recommended for any business; however, a home-based or hobby businesses with a small IT footprint and minimal risk factors could be here.
Level 2 Managed
Recommended baseline security level for every business. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Recovery Readiness planning, and MDR alone will protect you from a significant number of cyberattacks. If your organization does not have each of the security elements listed in this level, getting them should be your first priority.
MFA | MDR | Recovery Readiness
Level 3 Infrasec
Any business that recognizes the value of cybersecurity should aim to get to this level. This level represents a dramatic increase in your organization’s security. SOC + SIEM will give your business a specialized security team that is monitoring your environment for threats 24/7. At this level, you are no longer just reacting, you are proactively managing your vulnerabilities.
SOC + SIEM | External Vulnerability Scanning | Dark Web Monitoring
Level 4 Infosec
Businesses that are in regulated industries, or that work with highly valuable data should be at this level. Getting to this level will require a large investment of resources and cultivating a security-minded culture. A top-down security culture is necessary to get your team to follow the strict policies & procedures that come along with this level of security.
Internal Vulnerability Scanning
CIO Chief Information Officer
A Chief Information Officer or CIO is the executive that is in charge of information technology within an organization. While a CIO isn’t a Security Level by themselves, they will improve the performance and efficiency of your security elements included in each Security Level. A CIO will:
- Tune your security tools so that they are performing optimally in your environment
- Creates customized security policies & procedures to suit your unique risk factors and operations
- Control your costs so that you are paying for only what you truly need
- Keep you informed on emerging threats and relevant updates on the security industry
- Review your security solution on a regular basis, synching it with your overall business direction
Fractional CIO | The CIO Role | [Video] What is a CIO?
Aldridge’s IT Security Services
Need help getting your security to where it needs to be? As an IT Outsourcing client, you will have everything you need to reach Security Level 2 Managed. For organizations with greater security needs, our add-on service Security+ will bring you up to Security Level 3 Infrasec. Click here to learn more.
IT Security Levels Walkthrough
Want a more in-depth explanation of our IT Security Levels? Watch this video of Aldridge executive technologist, Mitch Sowards talk through our motivation for creating these levels and how they can be used to improve your organization’s cybersecurity.
What Does Security Level 4 + CIO Look Like?
Take a look at this conceptual security map to better understand how each security element fits into an overall cybersecurity solution.
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