Accounting company advances IT security with SoftwareONE

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Consistent Investments in IT Security are Key to Business Success

Consistent Investments in IT Security are Key to Business Success

SoftwareONE’s Security Report Helped Increase Systems and Firewall Stability to Insure Smooth Business Operations and Secure Sensitive Customer Data

The high confidence of customers in this accounting firm’s systems and data security is essential to the continuing success of its tax and business advisory services. Annual internal IT security audits include Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing. SoftwareONE’s professional services conducted the security testing, scanning the environment for potential exploitation points and security weaknesses. The Security Report detailed defects and identified specific remedies to improve systems security and improve the overall security profile. That means increased customer trust and proof of low vulnerability risk levels.

“SoftwareONE experts have demonstrated their commitment to exceptional client service through clear communications and a detailed understanding of our requirements. They listen! Their professionalism and high-quality results have more than met our expectations.”

Director, Information and Security Systems, Accounting Company, India

The Project

  • Customer: Accounting company, belonging to an international network of public accounting, tax, consulting, and business advisory firms

  • Industry: Finance

  • Services: Vulnerability assessment (VA), firewall penetration testing (PT)

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About the Customer

This Indian company belongs to an international network of public accounting, tax, consulting, and business advisory firms that perform professional services. The firm is one of the top 10 players in Indian auditing, taxation and compliance practice.

The Challenge

High confidence in systems and data security is essential to trusted professional services delivery. This firm must undergo annual internal security audits that include Vulnerability Assessments (VA) and Penetration Testing (PT). As a trusted partner to its customers, the firm must ensure low-risk network vulnerability and minimal security issues. An independent third party must complete the audits, and results are provided to the firm’s clients.

The Solution

The firm selected SoftwareONE for security services including Vulnerability Assessments and Penetration Testing of selected environments for potential exploitation points and security weaknesses. The scan detects and classifies system deficiencies in computers, networks, firewalls, and communications equipment to suggest effective countermeasures.

SoftwareONE consultants used the Nessus Professional remote security tool to scan the environment, including operating systems, network devices, hypervisors, databases, web servers, and critical infrastructure. Alerts were flagged for any vulnerabilities that malicious hackers could use to gain access to network-connected computers. For the firewall penetration testing SoftwareONE used Metasploit Pro which tests defenses by safely simulating attacks on a network to uncover security issues.

SoftwareONE consultants completed the security service and delivered results in just five days. The scan report documented test results including identified issues and appropriate corrective actions to be taken. This engagement provided the firm a one-time service and is being considered for other offices in India.

The Result

  • The company understands its specific risks and current security situation, including weak points and vulnerabilities to hacking.
  • The Security Report offers detailed advice and instructions about how to remedy the identified security issues.
  • Based on report insights, the firm has mounted a more effective vulnerability management strategy. They have reduced the risks of security threats from hacking while increasing systems and firewall stability to ensure operations run without any limits or restraints.
  • The Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing provide efficient preparation for the security audit and can be used to increase organizational security awareness.
  • The firm increases customer trust with proof of low vulnerability risk levels.
  • The firm’s enthusiastic satisfaction with SoftwareONE has established a trusted relationship and initiated plans to expand the auditing service to other offices in India.

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