With ever-increasing cyber-attacks and constant changes to data privacy integration, IT security has become a major concern for companies these days. If you are also preparing your Organization for adopting standards compliance, here is what to think through.
The foremost thing to do even before you decide on adopting security standards is to understand why the Organization wants to use the standards. You must think about which aspect of the standards you are going to tackle and how it can help your Business. Is it for multi-factor authentication, email encryption or to better understand security and risk in the Business? For instance, if you are a banking contractor you may want to focus on encryption, while someone in the medical practices would want to focus on stronger authentication for patient portals.
While adopting the standards, some companies try to take on too much. Therefore, it is advisable to define the scope early and determine which employees and departments these standards are targeted for. Finalizing the scope at initial steps helps save significant costs and time. You can also control the costs by just tightening the scope of the standards project.
When your security system clings to all the standards and regulations, it is known as compliance. But this is not enough. Your customers may require your system to be certified by a governing body. Certification provides physical proof of a compliance claim. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to know if your customers and company’s stakeholders are asking for certification. And if they are, certification programs require buy-in from top management. You should also take extra resources for maintaining documents and paying consultants.
Another crucial thing that you need to ask yourself is how the standards will make you stronger as an Organization and help your Business thrive. For instance, security teams should communicate to top management about opportunities that will present themselves with the new certification. Regulatory frameworks also help Businesses improve the compliance process every time they prepare for a review or an audit. Over a period of time, your Organization can automate by using outside tools that are designed to streamline the manual process for a compliance audit. These tools are quite helpful, as they come loaded with internal auditing features that can help you ensure that your company maintains continuous compliance and can avoid the rush to make changes at the time of the audit.
Security certification audits are an annual routine and therefore you must think about keeping the certificate valid. This is a continuous process that includes the improvement of security practices and learning from past experiences.
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