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Summary

Periodic security audits must be a part of any proper security plan. The audit must include the following steps, at a minimum:

  • Check for appropriate security policies.
  • Check to see that all systems have updated patches for the operating system and applications. Also check to see whether a patch management plan is in place and documented.
  • Check physical security.
  • Probe the system using port scanners and other software to detect and correct any flaws.
  • Document the specific steps taken in the security audit, any flaws found, and any corrective actions that were taken or are recommended.
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