Q: What is it?
A: A formal review of the major IT operations of a business, which benchmarked against best practices.
Q: Why is it important?
A: To identify potential problems, risks and threats before they cause major problems to the IT operation and, ultimately, impact the business.
Q: What are the consequences of not completing an assessment?
A: Unknowingly agreeing that the company is prepared to accept all risks that could potentially have major negative consequences to the operation of the business. You are assuming that everything is configured properly, up to date and operating correctly; that all of the procedures are up to date and being followed; and that you have properly trained staff who know what to do in every circumstance. Unfortunately, until an assessment is completed you do not know what risks you are actually accepting.
An IT assessment is similar to having an annual medical check up. You may feel fine but there could be major health issues developing, which, if left untreated, could result in major illness, permanent disability – and even shorten your life.
Q: Why you should care?
A: When major IT threats do occur and they have a severe negative impact on the business, there is usually a detailed inquiry as to exactly what happened. As the IT manager in charge, you are expected to run and manage the operations in a professional and responsible manner. Disruptions caused by issues, which were simply an oversight on best practices may result in minor to severe reprimands, including termination for negligence. This happens because the company views the disruption as a result of the IT manager behaving irresponsibly. Nobody cares who or what actually caused the problem; they care about who is responsible for ensuring problems do not occur in the first place. That is your responsibility.
Q: Why would you take the risk?
A: Conduct your own assessment with FuseExpertise Health for IT for $500 or hire a firm to do it for you. FuseExpertise Health for IT has over 150 assessment topics based on industry best practices. Commit to do it, then get it done.