Should I Have a Security Assessment?

Ah, the world of cybersecurity—a place filled with digital mysteries and invisible threats lurking around every corner. As we navigate this treacherous landscape, it’s natural to wonder, “Should I have a security assessment?” Well, my friend, let’s dive into the realm of assessments and discover why they’re just the beginning of your security journey.

A Journey of Discovery

Imagine this: you’ve been feeling a bit under the weather, and you decide to visit the doctor for a check-up. The doctor examines you, runs some tests, and provides a diagnosis. That check-up serves as a crucial discovery phase, allowing the doctor to identify any health concerns and create a roadmap for your well-being. Similarly, a security assessment acts as a discovery or gap-analysis exercise for your digital realm.

Understanding Your Security Landscape

During a security assessment, be it targeting AzureM365, or your general infrastructure, we dive deep into your digital infrastructure and supporting processes, analysing their strengths and weaknesses. It’s like having a personal trainer assess your fitness level—evaluating your strength, flexibility, and overall health. The assessment reveals vulnerabilities, potential entry points for cyber villains, and areas where you may fall short in compliance with industry standards. It’s an eye-opening experience that sheds light on the true state of your security posture.

But the Journey Doesn’t End There

Just like a doctor’s diagnosis or a personal trainer’s assessment, the security assessment is only the beginning. It sets the stage for your security journey, providing valuable insights into what needs improvement. Recommendations flow in, outlining the steps you can take to fortify your defences. It’s like receiving a personalised fitness plan from your trainer—specific exercises, dietary adjustments, and lifestyle changes tailored to your unique needs. The assessment empowers you to actively enhance your security, step by step.

Implementing Recommendations

Now comes the exciting part—taking action on the assessment recommendations. This is where real security improvement happens. It’s like hitting the gym and diligently following your fitness plan. You actively implement the advice provided, bolstering your security controls, patching vulnerabilities, and educating your team on best practices. It’s an ongoing process, much like your fitness journey. Consistency, commitment, and adaptation are key.

From Assessment to Security Excellence

Here’s the secret sauce: a security assessment is not a standalone solution. It’s a crucial component of a broader security strategy. The assessment reveals the gaps, but it’s your proactive efforts that bridge them. You’re not just checking a box; you’re actively investing in the future safety of your digital assets. To continue the fitness journey analogy: some of us have the equipment at home and the strength of will to take it from here by ourselves, others need to join the gym and receive some continuous encouragement, being honest with yourself is crucial.

Comparison of the various lifecycle stages between fitness and cybersecurity
A not perfect but close enough comparison!

Celebrating Progress

Remember those health check-ups or fitness assessments? As time goes by, you notice improvements. Your health markers improve, your strength increases, and you start to feel more confident and secure. The same goes for your security journey. With each implemented recommendation, you strengthen your defences, mitigate risks, and foster a culture of cybersecurity awareness. It’s a cause for celebration and a testament to your dedication. Just as the scales improving (and the selfies in the gym mirror increase?) changes your personal life for the better, your improved security and evidence based chats with potential clients increases your commercial success!


So, should you have a security assessment? Absolutely! It’s the first step on a transformative journey toward stronger cybersecurity. Just like a check-up with a doctor or an assessment by a personal trainer, it provides vital insights and empowers you to take charge of your security. Remember, the assessment is just the beginning. The real progress happens when you actively implement the recommendations and commit to an ongoing security improvement plan. Embrace the journey, my friend, and let’s navigate the ever-evolving world of cybersecurity together.

David Morgan

Founder & Consultant

Trusted Microsoft Cloud Security Advisor with 27 years experience | Empowering Businesses to Embrace Cloud Innovation with Confidence

Skills chart of the author David Morgan, high level expertise in Cyber Security, Network Security, Azure, Microsoft 365, Penetration Testing & Breach Attack Simulation

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