Information Security Risk Assessment

Quickly automate information security risk assessments to keep information systems secure at all times

The Challenges

Information security risk assessments identify, estimate, and prioritise risks to organisation operations and assets associated with the use of information systems. Potential risks that can result in major losses for the business can be mitigated by enhancing IT infrastructure and creating risk assessment solutions.

Methods of collecting information often compose of interviewing data owners and other employees, analysing systems and infrastructure, phone calls and multiple emails. The time-consuming nature of this process leads to long queues for requests to review which delays other business operations. Risk assessments also need to be customised for each organisation and is dependent on the scale and complexity of the IT systems which often reveals gaps in current risk assessment solutions, exposing the organisation to risk.

How Checkbox Solves Information Security Risk Assessments

Challenges

How Does Checkbox Address It?

Manual security risk assessments are time-consuming, delaying the process of onboarding vendors, and IT infrastructure or system deployment. This causes further delays in other areas of the business. 

Checkbox’s drag-and-drop platform enables business users to quickly build security risk assessment solutions within a few days or even a few hours. 

Manual security risk assessments are prone to human error, from end-users who may enter the wrong information, to reviewers or auditors who miss information when reviewing. 

Checkbox solutions leverage no-code decision-tree logic and complex calculations to easily standardise risk assessment logic and the approval workflow. 

Checkbox also integrates with 3rd party systems to automatically retrieve data so end-users and external vendors don’t need to rekey information manually. 

Due to the complexity of enterprise businesses, many bespoke systems are used, creating complexity for the whole IT system where both old and new generation systems are involved. The diversity in these systems mean bespoke review processes are required, where the quality of review is dependent on the auditor's experience.  

Checkbox’s no-code platform enables reviewers and auditors to build bespoke risk assessment solutions, tailored to their organisation’s IT infrastructure. These self-serve solutions can cover end-to-end assessments to minimise potential risks to the business. 

Assessments for high-risk cases are prioritised due to the volume of risk assessment requests, and limited resources in the risk assessment team. As a result, low and medium risk assessments are unlikely to be covered 100% in line with regulators’ governance policies, exposing the business to risk. 

Automation allows a greater coverage of risk assessment types, particularly for lower risk assessments in order to avoid incidents and fines from regulators and the associated reputation damage. 

Policy and risk assessment solutions may not be able to keep up with technology changes and business demands, presenting risk to the business. 

Checkbox easily enables the deployment and maintenance of risk assessment solutions using the no-code, drag-and-drop platform. These solutions can be easily updated as new ever-changing technology and policies are adopted. 

How Does Checkbox Automate This?

1. Build bespoke security assessment solutions with drag-and-drop:

Infosec reviewers can easily build self-serve security assessment solutions using the Checkbox studio.

2. Business users access the self-serve risk assessment solution from their company portal:

A URL can be embedded inside the company portal.

3. Business users are guided through as they provide information around their IT request:

Smart forms with on-screen guidance enables a self-serve but intuitive experience for business users to provide necessary IT request information, e.g., permission request, bespoke system change request, cloud migration request, etc.

4. Checkbox automatically checks whether their IT request aligns with security policies:

The IT team can build security policies into the tool with complex calculations and decision-tree logic, which automatically check compliance.

5. Checkbox automates the decisioning process:

The in-built decisioning logic to determine whether an approver is needed, and which level of approval is required is automated. Checkbox’s automated reminder system can be enabled to nudge approvers under specified conditions. For example, when an urgent request has been sitting with them for 2 days. Automated workflow emails notify the IT requester once a request has been approved and executed.

6. Gain visibility over their IT request status and oversee all IT request reports:

Request submitters can self-service and receive the latest IT request status through the real-time customisable dashboard.

The IT team can view audit trails and transcripts of all IT requests and assessment result, and export all data to PowerBI or Tableau for deeper insight into the risk assessments.

What’s the Return on Investment?

On average, with Checkbox, IT teams save 30 minutes for each request through eliminating the need to engage with business users via emailsphone calls and face-to-face communication. Assuming 1,000 requests are funneled to the IT team per year, 500 hours are saved per year with greater coverage of risk assessments.

Benefits

  •  Quickly automate bespoke information security risk assessments in just a few days 
    Infosec reviewers can build bespoke risk assessment solutions with Checkbox’s drag-and-drop studio that are in line with current security policies. 
  • Eliminate errors and improve the quality of audit outputs 
    The automation of information intake and sharing, in parallel with the standardisation of approval workflows ensures error-free assessments each time. 
  •  Faster turn-around time  
    Automated approvals and workflow of the infosec review process include email reminders and task allocation.  The entire process is streamlined and designed to reduce the time spent on this repetitive task. 
  •  Improve maintainability and adaptability 
    Through no-code, the solution can be easily and independently updated for any changes in policy or regulation, as well as any logic or format changes. With no coding expertise required, compliance professionals are empowered to rapidly overlay internal policy requirements and deploy compliant solutions in a matter of weeks. 
  •  Improve client’s experience
    Moving from manual based audits to automated controls and workflow ensures the entire process convenient and effortless for both IT requesters and the infosec team. 
  •  Improve coverage of information security risk assessments 
    Enable nearly 100% coverage of risk assessments to keep information systems secure all the time, regardless of frequent change.

Key Features

  • No code app builder & studio
  • Smart and dynamic forms
  • Decision-tree logic
  • Automated email notifications
  • Approval workflow automation
  • Integrations with third-party systems
  • Tailored dashboards to view analytics and track progress

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