Compliance and Audit

CIS Control 1: The Beginning of Basic Cybersecurity

The CIS Critical Controls were developed as a framework to not only ensure the successful realization of basic cybersecurity hygiene, but to lead to the planning and implementation of a robust security protocol. To build any cybersecurity protection schemata, it is necessary to know the extent of what it is you are protecting.

CIS Controls: A Cybersecurity Blueprint to Prevent Cyber Attacks

At the small to midsize business level, cyberattacks aren't merely annoying — they can spell certain doom for those already struggling to get by. Hence the need for robust security protocol. That's exactly what the Center for Internet Security provides with its Top 20 list of Critical Security Controls. While these controls have been in the making for well over a decade, they've recently gained greater prominence at the federal and state level — and among private entities. In this blog we offer an in-depth overview of this critical security tool, as well as suggestions for implementation.

How to Perform a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment: A Step-by-Step Guide

Organizational leaders must understand that comprehensive, risk-based decisions are vital to balancing the force multiplying effects of information systems with the risk of those systems being inherently vulnerable to exploitation. If you want to prevent or reduce the likelihood of an attack, you have to risk management strategy: how your organization will frame, assess, respond to and monitor risk over time.

GDPR Overview and Compliance

GDPR will affect any business that has access to, or has the ability to process, personal data of any EU resident. In other words, if your business sells small kitchen tools online, and you sell to European customers, your data collection and privacy practices will be impacted by GDPR. This regulation will become mandatory for any company that deals in Europe, regardless if the business is located inside or outside the European Union. GDPR is slated to go into effect on May 25, 2018.

Nobody Likes a Compliance Audit... and Why You Should Do Them Anyway!

Audits are necessary to determine whether or not an individual, company, or organization is meeting the requirements of a specific set of regulations or controls. Since certain regulations can impose steep financial penalties or other negative sanctions for non-compliance on both organizations and employees, it is extremely beneficial for organizations to routinely have compliance requirements verified and conduct audits to ensure continued compliance. 

Who Needs Pen Testing? 3 Industries that Rely on It

Penetration testing - sometimes called white-hat hacking - is how companies manage risk, increase business continuity, and protect clients from data breaches. In highly regulated industries such as healthcare, banking, and service industries, it also helps companies stay compliant. SOC 2, HIPAA, and PCI DSS are three of the main regulations that require penetration testing.

Critical Security Controls: Part 0 - Introduction

Everyone knows that they need to improve the current state of their cybersecurity measures, but to many people this task is a daunting one.  “Where do I start?  What should I focus on first? What security measures will have the greatest impact on the security of my computer systems and network?” Don’t worry, the Center for Internet Security can answer all these questions, and help guide you to a more secure infrastructure.