NIS2

NIS2 Compliance audits

The Network and Information Security Directive (NIS2) is a crucial regulatory framework aimed at improving the cybersecurity posture within the European Union. Efforts are being made in various ways to encourage companies and institutions to take the necessary measures without overburdening them. As part of achieving and maintaining NIS2 compliance, organizations must undergo audits. These audits are intended to verify whether the necessary security measures are in place and functioning effectively.

Role of recognized audit firms

To ensure the highest level of quality and reliability, audits are conducted by specialized cybersecurity auditors and recognized audit organizations. These firms are chosen based on their adherence to the highest industry standards and their ability to perform audits in the least burdensome manner. Additionally, attention must be given to the possibility of increasing the number of auditors to meet the rapidly growing market demand.

Selection criteria for auditing firms:

• Audit organizations must hold relevant certifications, such as ISO/IEC 27001.
• Firms with a proven track record in cybersecurity audits and a solid reputation in the sector are preferred.
Auditors must have extensive experience in conducting cybersecurity audits and be willing to delve into the specific NIS2 audits.

Audit process:

Prior to the audit, the auditor assesses the organization’s policies, procedures, and security controls to understand the current compliance status.
• Depending on the organization’s structure and the audit’s scope, assessments can be conducted on-site, remotely, or a combination of both.
• Auditors will focus on areas with the highest risk to the organization’s cybersecurity posture, ensuring that critical vulnerabilities are identified and addressed.

Audit components:

• Evaluation of existing technical controls, such as firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption protocols.
• Ensuring that the organization’s cybersecurity policies and procedures are robust, up-to-date, and comply with NIS2 requirements.
• Verifying compliance with all legal requirements, including incident reporting, risk management, and business continuity planning.
• Assessing and measuring the effectiveness of staff training programs to gauge awareness and adherence to cybersecurity practices. The depth and duration of the audit process will vary depending on the chosen NIS2 Quality Mark.

Reporting and recommendations:

After the audit, the auditor provides a detailed report with findings, compliance deficiencies, and areas for improvement.

The report will include practical recommendations to address identified issues and enhance the organization’s cybersecurity posture.

Contact:

Audit firms and GRCs interested in participating can contact us.

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