Audit & Compliance

Audit & Compliance

Audit & Compliance

Understand your security posture and let it be known

Aquia Solutions | Audit & Compliance

Audit and Compliance are processes leading to an internationally recognized security certification. It is an acknowledgment that the organization has maintained the minimum level of quality in terms of an information and cyber security program.

What is Cyber Security Audit & Compliance?

For many companies, compliance to a standard is a regulatory requirement in order to transact business; sometimes however, it’s seen as a distinguishing emblem of recognition for an organization to set it apart from the competition.

For instance, if a business retains an ISO 27001 certification, it’s certifying that the organization has maintained an information security management system in accordance with the certifying organization’s requirements. While that may not make too much difference initially, ask yourself this simple question: If I had the option of doing business with two organizations with similar capabilities, one with certification and the other without, which would I choose?

Why is Cyber Security Compliance important?

Audit and Compliance sound like official words used by regulatory agencies. The truth is that compliance is quickly becoming more of an industry and legal requirement rather than guideline.

Most businesses may be familiar is the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). In other words, if you process payment cards (i.e. debit and credit cards), you’re required to perform annual audits as part of maintaining compliance.

Additional audit and compliance requirements specific to information and cyber security include:

  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
  • Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • International Standards Organization (ISO 27001)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST 800-53)
  • New York State Department of Financial Services (23 NYCRR 500)
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS)
  • Service Organizational Control (SOC)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
Is cyber security certification enough?

Certainly not! Trying to secure your organization according to compliance standards is a little like “teaching to the test”. It might make sense in the short-term but will ultimately prove to be lacking. Don’t misunderstand; certification is important, but it’s more important that the overall goal be to implement a sound security strategy.

There are two main reasons why developing an overall security strategy is beneficial : Over reliance on security certifications can lead to a false sense of security. Remember as mentioned above that the audit and compliance processes maintain the “minimum level of quality”. This does not mean your organization is impenetrable. It only means you have addressed security specific issues, not a holistic security strategy. As a result, it is more likely you will end up spending more resources to fix what you initially projected.

Chances are you’re reading this because you already know which audit and compliance requirements are applicable to your business. However, if you are unsure which audit and compliance requirements apply to your business, then it may help to do some in-depth research.

If you take away one piece of advice, remember this…while Security Audit and Compliance is vital, it’s only one of several pieces of a robust security strategy that should never stand alone. If you’re systems are non-compliant, or you need help in making that determination, allow us to help you by talking with one of our experts.

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