Why You Need a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment: Essential Protection for Your Business

Picture of Carmine J. Corridore

Carmine J. Corridore

Carmine Corridore is a seasoned professional in the I.T. industry with over 30 years of experience. He has held various positions from field tech, team lead, service manager, project manager, and Director of I.T. Currently, he serves as the Client Facing Chief Strategy Officer and President of Underdog Cyber Defense. Carmine is a Rotarian and serves on the local chamber board and several committees. Carmine believes in giving back to the community, and he accomplishes that through donations and sourcing local talent and goods. Carmine is Credentialed and Certified in Cybersecurity.

Book a 15 Minute Strategy Session

In an era where digital threats are constantly evolving, understanding and mitigating these risks through a cybersecurity risk assessment is not just a recommendation; it’s a necessity for every business.

Why A Cybersecurity Risk Assessment is Crucial

Cybersecurity risk assessments are vital for identifying vulnerabilities within your network and systems. Technology and Cybersecurity are intangible items that are often hard for non-technical people to understand. A Cybersecurity risk assessment helps non-technical people make business decisions by identifying gaps in their technology and Cybersecurity. 

Understanding Your Vulnerabilities

Understanding a business’s vulnerabilities is an essential first step. We like to call these hidden vulnerabilities because it is easy for them to hide in plain sight. Vulnerabilities can include outdated software, open ports, unaddressed flaws in software, unmonitored access control, and weak or stolen passwords, to name a few of the vulnerabilities we look for. 

The Consequences of Neglecting Cybersecurity

Most businesses only understand the impact of having proper Cybersecurity solutions and practices once they have an incident. Proactively performing a Cybersecurity risk assessment identifies the pitfalls early and allows you to course correct to prevent or mitigate the impact of a Cybersecurity incident from happening.

Step-by-Step Guide to Performing a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment

When performing a Cybersecurity risk assessment, it is essential to test 4 key elements.

  • People: First, you need to understand how “cybersecurity aware” your team is. Then, you need to find out if they have any vulnerabilities, such as weak passwords, poor cyber hygiene, etc.. Understanding where your team’s security awareness lies helps you determine what training is needed.
  • Data: What kind of data are you storing, and where are you keeping it? Who needs access to it, and what type of availability does it need? Understanding these questions can help you determine what kind of data risk you have.
  • Network: How locked down is your network? Do you have open ports to the Internet? Do you have Internet Of Things(IoT) devices on the same network as your computers? Do you have outdated software and hardware? Understanding these vulnerabilities allows you to address, mitigate, or remove them.
  • Applications: What applications are you using on the desktop and in the “cloud” or SaaS? Are they configured properly? Is anyone in your organization using software that is either illegal or unauthorized to be used? Understanding this information helps to identify shadow I.T. or software not authorized by your organization and can potentially be unpatched and, therefore, hazardous to your organization. You can’t protect what you don’t know exists.

Finally, by understanding those 4 key areas, you get a big picture of your cybersecurity gaps and an analysis of your financial impact if you were to get caught in a cyber incident. 

How Regular Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Protect Your Business

Cybersecurity is not a set-it-or-forget-it one-time solution. Because threats are constantly evolving, so are the types of protections you put in place. What works today can suddenly and without warning be ineffective tomorrow. You should perform Cybersecurity risk assessments regularly, whether once a year or multiple times.

Customizing Your Cybersecurity Strategy

Every business is different, even within the same industry and size. A Cybersecurity strategy should be tailored to your organization. By performing a Cybersecurity risk assessment, you can identify what is necessary to protect your business.

Leveraging Expertise: The Value of Professional Consultation

Most organizations find it challenging to acquire and retain the proper staff to oversee Cybersecurity strategies. Companies with internal I.T. departments are usually reactive in nature and don’t usually have the luxury of planning and executing these strategies. 

For organizations with internal I.T. departments, partnering with a professional organization with expertise in Cybersecurity allows your internal team to concentrate on the day-to-day reactive support while working closely with the Cybersecurity experts to provide an overall safe environment for the business.

For Organizations without internal I.T. departments, it’s critical to find a partner with expertise in Cybersecurity who can provide that day-to-day reactive support. Such an organization should be structured to have someone oversee and design strategies operationally and from a cybersecurity aspect. Also, have a team that performs the daily duties.


By performing a Cybersecurity risk assessment as a non-technical business owner or officer, you can adequately make business decisions regarding technology and Cybersecurity. By learning where your vulnerabilities and risks are, you can choose to mitigate, accept, or eliminate them with the proper strategy in place. 

If you want to learn more about how Underdog Cyber Defense or our Cybersecurity Risk Assessment process can help you, book a complimentary 15-minute consulting appointment here. Or to learn more about the services we provide click here

About the Author:

Carmine Corridore is a seasoned professional in the I.T. industry with over 30 years of experience. Holding various positions from field tech, team lead, service manager, project manager and Director of I.T. Currently he services as the Client Facing Chief Strategy Officer and President of Underdog Cyber Defense. Carmine is a Credentialed Certified in Cybersecurity.

author avatar
Carmine Corridore

Monroe County, Pennsylvania (PA)

Analomink – Appenzell – Arlington Heights – Arrowhead Lake – Barton Glen – Bartonsville – Blakeslee – Blakeslee Estates – Blue Mountain Pines – Bossardsville – Brainerd Center – Briar Crest Woods – Brodheadsville – Buck Hill Falls – Camelot Forest – Canadensis – Castle Garden – Castle Rock Acres – Chestnuthill Township – Coolbaugh – Coolbaugh Township – Coveville – Craigs Meadow – Crescent Lake – Cresco – Delaware Water Gap – Dotters Corners – East Stroudsburg – East Swiftwater – Easton Anglers – Echo Lake – Effort – El-Do Lake – Eldred Township – Emerald Lakes – Fernridge – Fiddletown – Forest Glen – Foxtown Hill – Frutchey – Gilbert – Gravel Place – Hamilton Square – Hamilton Township – Henryville – Indian Mountain Lake – Jackson – Jackson Township – Jonas – Kahkhout Mountain – Kellersville – Kemmererville – Kingswood Estates – Kresgeville – Kunkletown – Lake Naomi Estates – Little Summit – Locust Lakes Village – Long Pond – Lower Tannersville – Marshalls Creek – McIlhaney – McMichael – Mechanicsville – Meisertown – Merwinsburg – Middle Smithfield Township – Minisink Hills – Monroe Lake – Monroe Township – Mount Pocono – Mount Zion – Mountain Top Estates – Mountainhome – Mushroom Farms – Neola – North Water Gap – Oak Grove – Paradise Crossing – Paradise Township – Paradise Valley – Parkside – Penn Estates – Pleasant Valley Estates – Pleasant View Lake – Pocono Country Place – Pocono Farms East – Pocono Heights – Pocono Lake – Pocono Laurel Lake – Pocono Manor – Pocono Pines – Pocono Playhouse – Pocono Summit – Pocono Summit Estates – Pocono Township – Polk Township – Poplar Bridge – Pocono Township – Price Township – Preserve – Red Ledge Manor Estates – Reeders – Resica Falls – Robin Hood Lakes – Ross Common – Ross Township – Rossland – Sandhill – Saylorsburg – Sciota – Scotrun – Shawnee on Delaware – Shoemakers – Sierra View – Ski Haven Lake Estates – Skytop – Smith Gap – Smithfield Township – Snow Hill Falls – Snydersville – Spruce Hill – Stillwater Lake Estates – Stillwater Lakes – Stormville – Stroud Township – Stroudsburg – Sun Valley – Swiftwater – Tannersville – Tobyhanna – Tobyhanna Township – Tunkhannock Township – Turn Villa – Wagners – Wagners Forest Park – Warnertown – Weir Lake – Wigwam Lake Estates – Wilderness Acres – Winona Lakes – Wiscasset – Wooddale.

Alburtis – Allen Junction – Alton Park – Allentown – Ancient Oaks – Arlington Knolls – Balliettsville – Best Station – Bethlehem – Bittners Corner – Breinigsville – Bungalow Park – Catasauqua – Cedarbrook County Home – Cementon – Center Valley – Centreville – Chapman – Chestnut Hill – Claussville – Coffeetown – Colesville – Coplay – Corning – Crackersport – Custer – DeSales University – Dewey Heights – Diebertsville – Dillingerville – Dorneyville – East Allentown – East Fogelsville – East Texas – Egypt – Emerald – Emmaus – Emmaus Junction – Evergreen Park – Farmington – Fogelsville – Fountain Hill – Friedens – Friedensville – Fullerton – Gauff Hill – Germansville – Greenawalds – Griesemersville – Guth – Guthsville – Haafsville – Haines – Hanover Acres – Hawktown – Helfrichsville – Hensingersville – Hillside – Hilltown – Hokendauqua – Home Park – Hosensack – Hynemansville – Ironton – Jacksonville – Jordan Valley – Juniper Circle – Kaywin – Kernsville – Krassdale – Krocksville – Kuhnsville – Lanark – Laurys Station – Leather Corner Post – Lehigh Furnace – Lehigh Gap – Limeport – Litzenberg – Lochland – Lockridge – Locust Valley – Lynnport – Lynnville – Lyon Valley – Macungie – Mechanicsville – Metamora Station – Meyersville – Mickleys – Mickleys Gardens – Midway Manor – Milford Park – Minesite – Mosserville – Mountainville – Neffs – New Smithville – New Tripoli – Newhard – Newside – Newtown – North Coplay – North Fogelsville – Notre Dame Hills – Old Zionsville – Orefield – Ormrod – Overlook Springs – Park Way Manor – Parkside Courts – Peters Store – Pleasant Corners – Powder Valley – Raberts Corner – Raubs Mills – Rextown – Rising Sun – Ritterville – River View – Rockdale – Rosemont Terrace – Ruchsville – Ruppsville – Saegersville – Saucon Valley – Saucon Valley Terrace – Scheidy – Scherersville – Schnecksville – Schneidersville – Seiberlingville – Seiple – Seipstown – Shankweilers – Shimerville – Sigmund – Slateville – Slatedale – Slatington – Spring Creek – Steinsville – Sterlingworth – Stetlersville – Stiles – Stines Corner – Summit Lawn – Switzer – Trexlertown – Trout Creek – Unionville – Vera Cruz – Vera Cruz Station – Walbert – Waldheim Park – Wanamakers – Weidasville – Weilersville – Weisenberg – Wellington – Welshtown – Wennersville – Werleys Corner – Wescosville – West Catasauqua – Westwood Heights – Wilbur – Williamstown – Woodlawn – Zionsville

more insights

Book a 15-Minute Strategy Session!

Are you ready to take the next step toward your business’s cyber security? Contact us today with any questions you might have or to request a no-hassle strategy session — we’re ready to fight for you!

New Look. New Name. New Focus.

Underdog Cyber Defense, formerly know as Underdog Computer and Network Solutions LLC., has rebranded to communicate that we are now focusing our exceptional IT and network capabilities on the vast challenges associated with Cyber Security.