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What is IT Assurance?

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When discussing IT assurance, as well as its benefits and its disadvantages, we must first be familiar with what the term IT assurance signifies. IT assurance refers to things such as precautions or steps that companies take in order to protect and secure their information systems. These Information Systems can range from either being internal networks or between two different organisations. These Information Systems can also regard personal computer systems and the entailing necessary steps that must be taken to protect these, either personal or company-owned, network computers.

Realistically speaking, this assurance cannot be granted without a thorough understanding of the potential risks and security measures that a company must take in order to protect its work as well as its system. Cyber-security, as well as the maintenance of the security of personal computer-based systems company has become something that requires intensive care due to the widespread ease and knowledge of modern-day illegal online activities and misusage.

Usually IT assurance likes to guarantee its systems against said illegal activities. By misusage, we can sometimes refer to illegal rendering of company-owned computer systems by third-party outsiders who use these systems for their own personal benefits, as an enormous threat. Other threats can involve viruses, social engineering, identity theft, etc… which is why essentially, a layer of protection is required for these illegal activities and security threats. A tough layer of protection is required and through guaranteeing this layer of protection we have defined what IT assurance is.

It is important to know the five fundamental pillars of IT assurance are as follows:

-Authentication

-Confidentiality

-Nonrepudiation

-Integrity

-Availability

In terms of availability, where and where not the information that is considered valuable to a company should and shouldn’t be available. In simpler terms, we understand and agree to where company information should be made public. In terms of Authentication is obviously about making sure that those who say are using it are actually those themselves. Integrity involves making sure that no one is able to disintegrate the network of a company as well as keeping it 100% confidential. Non-repudiation is another important pillar guaranteeing that no one employee can lie about what he or she has done on the system as it will always show up, time-based and connect to the user.

Undeniably, the most important thing to learn is that although risks will always come up, and with new technologies, stronger and smarter cyber security threats will evolve, new security measures will always evolve as well, and IT assurance will always be at the forefront of making sure those security measures are implemented successfully.

 

Written by DFGR Research Team

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