What Is a Rapid Maturity Assessment?
There’s a difference between a cybersecurity audit and a cybersecurity assessment. An audit will provide a compliance snapshot, especially as security regulations continue to evolve, while an assessment focuses on the maturity of a cybersecurity model.
In other words, while an audit will gauge whether everything is up to par legally, a maturity assessment will help provide a 360-degree view of a healthcare organization's cyber vulnerabilities. In addition to helping teams understand their organizations’ present cybersecurity roadmaps, a maturity assessment also provides guidance on remediating incidents based on the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)’s industry-standard cybersecurity frameworks.
Achieving zero-trust goals takes time, but a rapid maturity assessment is fast and comprehensive. In fact, 93 percent of organizations adopting zero trust found that the benefits matched or exceeded their expectations, according to CDW. Since maturity assessments identify security gaps and make actionable recommendations on how to close them, a rapid assessment empowers organizations to actively bolster their cybersecurity sooner to avoid more data losses and cyber risks overall.
What Does a Rapid Maturity Assessment Entail?
Zero trust is an incremental process, and as organizations progress, expert assessments can be an extremely useful tool to evaluate security issues and work toward solutions. CDW’s rapid zero-trust maturity assessment measures an organization’s IT environment against CISA’s Zero Trust Maturity Model.
This model includes five core pillars:
- Identity, including multifactor authentication, identity lifecycle management, visibility into user behavior analytics, identity and credential administration, and risk assessment
- Device, including configuration management, real-time threat analysis, asset tracking and patching
- Network/environment, including macrosegmentation and microsegmentation, protocol encryption, machine learning–based threat protection, and Infrastructure as Code automation
- Application workload, such as continuous access authorization, application security testing, and dynamic application health and security monitoring
- Data, including classification, least-privilege access controls, end-to-end encryption, access logging, and immutable data backup and restore