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The Advantio Cybersecurity Maturity Assessment – A Definition


The Advantio Cybersecurity Maturity Assessment (ACMA) model is an effective yet efficient way to assess, communicate, and manage information security programs. In simple terms, ACMA is a framework that deep-dives into understanding the maturity level of every cybersecurity process in the company. 

Based on the COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology) model, ACMA provides a crystal-clear picture of your organization’s security infrastructure. COBIT is ISACA’s IT governance framework that addresses technical issues, control requirements, and business risk. It is a process management framework that is business-focused and aligns itself with IT maturity, risk management, and control objectives. ACMA is a robust, reliable and repeatable approach that is specifically designed to assess the maturity of any business’s governance and management process.

ACMA answers two critical cybersecurity questions:

  • ‘How are we doing it’

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  • ‘Why are we doing it’

A company might offer an amazing service along with a website to complement it. However, if the technical infrastructure is too simple or there are immature security controls, the company might be more susceptible to a breach. The ACMA framework plays a crucial role in solving this problem by understanding the overall maturity of the company.

The ACMA also focuses on how people, processes, and technology respond in the event of an incident or breach. Highlighting where there is a need for enhanced employee education in incident handling. The framework makes sure that such incidents are handled correctly.

The approach Is designed to meet diverse requirements:

What sets the ACMA model apart from other assessments is its ability to engage all levels of an organization including the C-Suite and board of directors. The ACMA provides metrics and recommendations for capacity-building investment rather than point-in-time compliance assessments. With measuring and increasing maturity becoming an important aspect of the security industry's ‘Best Practice Assessment Models’, ACMA prides itself in providing ongoing measurement to demonstrate capacity, maturity and improvement.

As organizations are often focused on their core activities, it can be easy to overlook cybersecurity maturity and safeguarding the organization against threats and data breach. The ACMA framework gives tools and the clear direction that a company needs to become more secure. Putting an ACMA framework at the heart of your organization increases cybersecurity awareness and provides external expertise to design a more secure network and prevent threats from being realized.

The ACMA model applies to every kind of company regardless of its industry and segment and considers the regulations and standards they are subject to. 

Why choose ACMA?

Advantio Cybersecurity Maturity Assessment (ACMA) framework uses a holistic methodology to operate. It starts with understanding the company’s processes and boundaries while considering internal policies and controls, external standards, laws, regulations as well as requirements. With its focus on IT and Cybersecurity, the framework has been designed to make sure that every organization can achieve its business goals without any hindrance.

Our consultants and practice leads are industry leaders in cybersecurity, between them our consultancy team holds an impressive record of certification and assurance. Their expertise across a wider range of cybersecurity standards and business sectors means that your organization can draw upon a wealth of talent and expertise to gain the most out of your maturity assessment.

The ACMA report captures maturity data that analyses the following six COBIT enabler dimensions:

  • Awareness
  • Policy and Procedures
  • Automation
  • Expertise
  • Accountability
  • Measurability

How does Advantio go the extra mile with ACMA?

Following Advantio’s onsite assessment, the organization’s current overall maturity and optimal maturity level are determined. Our consultants go the extra mile to suggest improvements across business processes to increase cybersecurity maturity.

After the maturity assessment is completed, the customer is provided with a recommended remediation plan. In conjunction with the organization’s core business, Advantio’s consultants will suggest the adoption of adequate countermeasures that will mitigate the risks that have been identified. These countermeasures will be combined with appropriate strategic planning that will help raise the maturity level of the organization’s various business processes. Thereby, helping businesses to achieve their desired goals.

Summary

Advantio’s Cybersecurity Maturity Assessment (ACMA) measures the organizational maturity across departments and businesses and helps to put together a secure framework to help organizations focus on their core business. Working in conjunction with Advantio’s consultants will provide your business with a recommended remediation plan to assist in raising maturity levels and meeting business objectives. 

Our goal is to assess the status of a client's cybersecurity maturity enabling them to have independent clarity as to any vulnerabilities they may have. By setting out the path to remedying any issues, Advantio helps assuage any concerns clients may have.

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Andrea Raeli

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I am the Advantio’s Managing Consultant and GDPR Practitioner in charge of exploring new markets, developing new offers and opportunities, ranging from PCI, to GDPR up to ISO 27001.

Grown up with Commodore VIC-20, Tapes and Floppy Disks, I've always been passionate about technology and everything that surrounds it. The way these evolves is like a never-ending marathon for me. Making Security accessible to everyone is what drives me to become a man of value.

Certifications: CISA / CISM / ISO27001 Lead Auditor/ PCI QSA

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