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Cyber Risk

Cyber Security Risk Audit

Learn how to mitigate cyber risks

Internal audit and compliance teams have a critical role assisting their business with the ongoing battle of managing cyber threats. This is undertaken by providing an independent assessment of existing and required controls, or otherwise assisting audit committee and board with understanding and addressing the diverse risks the company faces in light of the digital world.

What is Cyber Risk and why do you need to audit?

Let’s be straight to the point. Cyber criminals are smart, well-funded, and passionate about breaching your data. Even standard security technologies are not enough to protect you from their rapidly evolving malware. Company boards have set an expectation for both the IT team and the compliance/internal audit teams to understand and assess the organization’s capabilities in managing the associated risks. For every business, the cyber risks are different. You need an expert like Gridware to perform a cyber risk assessment that will perform a gap analysis on your existing policies and procedures, and provide a detailed observations and initial remediation plan to help achieve your most ideal state of security.

Exploring Your Cyber Risk

The How and Why of Cyber Risk Assessment and Defence

Understanding your cyber risk begins with three questions:

1. Who might attack you?

2. What information are they after, and what business risks are exposed?

3. What tactics might they utilise to gain unauthorised access?

Cyber Program Management (CPM) Framework

We utilise our CPM Framework that aligns with industry standards and regulation to assist you in assessing your cyber risks.


Developing technology protections within networks, hosts, data and software.


Identifying access management protocol, threat management and day-to-day operational vulnerabilities.


Security monitoring, business continuity planning and incident response management.

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Do You Know Your Lines of Defence?

It’s very likely that cyber risk management is compromised in the day to day decision making by the fact that business units and the information technology (IT) function misunderstand how to effectively implement a cyber risk management framework. Hover or click the boxes below to find out why your third line of defence is the most important.

First Line of Defence
First Line of Defence
Your businesses first line of defence is the integrity of your security architecture. Often this is never enough to fully secure a business.
Second Line of Defence
Second Line of Defence
The second line of defence includes information and technology risk management leaders who establish governance and oversight, monitor security operations, and take action as required.
Third Line of Defence
Third Line of Defence
A third line of defence would be a regular, independent review of the security measures your business has in place. A credible external provider should play an integral role in assessing and identifying opportunities to strengthen your company security architecture. At the same time, your internal governance team has a duty to inform the board of directors that the controls for which they are responsible are in place, functioning correctly and complying with the law.

Cyber Maturity

Steps to Find your cyber maturity with a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment

1. Involve people with the necessary experience and skills. It is critical to engage a provider with the depth of knowledge and technical skills to deliver relevant insight.

2. Evaluate all the cybersecurity risks that are relevant to your business. This will involves understanding the current state of your business against a cyber maturity road-map and understanding the minimum expected cybersecurity practices across your industry.

3. The cyber risk assessment should give rise to more in-depth reviews. The initial analysis will highlight what areas of your business require further investigation. Your cyber maturity will depend on where the business intends to go and how you will continuously monitor the cyber risks as they develop with your company growth.

cyber maturity

Cyber Risk Assessments and Audit (FAQs)

What is the cyber risk assessment process?

An effective cyber risk audit will assess the following areas. Firstly, it will identify the real risks and define the organisations overall risk appetite. Secondly, a security strategy will be devised that’s focused on protecting your business drivers and high-value data. Third, the aim will be to sustain your enterprise program and get the governance right – make security a broad-level priority to allow good security to be driven by compliance, not vice-versa. Fourth, it should optimise the business for performance and align all aspects of the security information process – it should look at privacy and business continuity plans and how your company adapts to changes in the industry. Finally, it should enable business performance, and make security everyone’s responsibility by setting goals and metrics that will influence future business decision making. Feel free to contact us to arrange a presentation on cyber risk at your place of business, or at our headquarters.

Who is responsible for carrying out risk assessments?

Ideally, a provider who is external to the business, who has the technical experience to audit cyber risks should be engaged to conduct the risk assessments. Whilst internal audit, compliance and IT teams could list and assess their risks, a third party provider like Gridware would provide unbiased and intelligence assessments. Third party technical auditors will also provide key recommendations based on your company’s maturity in the industry and in comparison to your competitors with whom we also have key relationships with.

How often a cyber risk assessment should be conducted?

A cyber risk assessment should be conducted every two years, but this may also depend on the growth rate of your company or if your company decides to offer a new product or service.

Who requires a cyber risk audit and why it is necessary?

Most listed companies, in addition any medium-large private companies, should consider regular cyber risk audits to ensure they maintain oversight into their risks they are vulnerable to and otherwise meet regulatory obligations, allowing the Board to action improvements appropriately. We provide cyber risk audits to many ASX listed companies based in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Even start-ups that have impending growth should consider a cyber risk assessment of their products or services. The benefits of having key oversights early in the process will allow for better decision making in the future.

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What Our Customers Say

  • "Gridware is the cybersecurity company that compeititors look up to. Knowing where the security gaps are within our applications before go-live gives us peace of mind that we are actively protecting our customer data. What differentiates Gridware from other companies is that when they start working, it is like we gain a valuable internal resource."

    IT Manager Nikon Australia
  • "With Gridware, we gained a valuable security partner to review our IT programs across various large projects across Australia. It saved us having to build our security expertise from scratch. They're flexible, thorough and quick with solutions. An agile vendor, one of the best we have worked with."

    Marsha Wilson Director, IT and Innovation
  • "Gridware is an intelligent company. The team has worked with us to identify and solve a number of cyber risks. It has been a pleasure working with Gridware."

    Mark Knowlton former CIO, Macquarie Bank

–  We work with the best  –

Gridware provides leading cyber risk consulting, strategy and cyber training services. Team up with us and get started transforming your cyber risk strategy. There’s no job too big or small, our clients range from listed entities, to small businesses, charities, NGOs and startups.

In an increasingly digital Australia, organisations are looking for ways to improve their cyber resilience. That’s where Gridware comes in. Our talent team of governance, risk and compliance professionals work with you to address a variety of threat vectors to best mitigate your security vulnerabilities. Team up with Gridware and transform your cyber risk strategy.

With headquarters in Sydney Australia, we combine local talent and market-leading technologies to help organisations out-innovate attackers.

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