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Build a Security Compliance Program

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Your Challenge

  • Most organizations spend between 25 and 40 percent of their security budget on compliance-related activities.
  • Despite this growing investment in compliance, only 28% of organizations believe that government regulations help them improve cybersecurity.
  • The cost of complying with cybersecurity and data protection requirements has risen to the point where 58% of companies see compliance costs as barriers to entering new markets.
  • However, recent reports suggest that while the costs of complying are higher, the costs of non-compliance are almost three times greater.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Test once, attest many. Having a control framework allows you to satisfy multiple compliance requirements by testing a single control.
  • Choose your own conformance adventure. Conformance levels allow your organization to make informed business decisions on how compliance resources will be allocated.
  • Put the horse before the cart. Take charge of your audit costs by preparing test scripts and evidence repositories in advance.

Impact and Result

  • Reduce complexity within the control environment by using a single framework to align multiple compliance regimes.
  • Provide senior management with a structured framework for making business decisions on allocating costs and efforts related to cybersecurity and data protection compliance obligations.
  • Reduces costs and efforts related to managing IT audits through planning and preparation.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should manage your security compliance obligations, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the ways we can support you in completing this project.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a nine call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Establish program

Call #1 - Scope requirements, objectives, and your specific challenges.

Guided Implementation #2 - Identify obligations

Call #1 - Establish framework and roles.
Call #2 - Identify operational environments.

Guided Implementation #3 - Implement compliance strategy

Call #1 - Identify compliance obligations and conformance levels.
Call #2 - Map obligations into control framework.

Guided Implementation #4 - Verify

Call #1 - Review policies and strategy.
Call #2 - Develop test scripts.

Guided Implementation #5 - Track and report

Call #1 - Track status and exceptions.
Call #2 - Report on program status.

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Module 1: Establish the Program

The Purpose

  • Establish the security compliance management program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Reviewing and adopting an information security control framework.
  • Understanding and establishing roles and responsibilities for security compliance management.
  • Identifying and scoping operational environments for applicable compliance obligations.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Review the business context.

  • RACI matrix
1.2

Review the Info-Tech security control framework.

1.3

Establish roles and responsibilities.

1.4

Define operational environments.

  • Environments list and definitions

Module 2: Identify Obligations

The Purpose

  • Identify security and data protection compliance obligations.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Identifying the security compliance obligations that apply to your organization.
  • Documenting obligations and obtaining direction from management on conformance levels.
  • Mapping compliance obligation requirements into your control framework.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Identify relevant security and data protection compliance obligations.

  • List of compliance obligations
2.2

Develop conformance level recommendations.

  • Completed Conformance Level Approval forms
2.3

Map compliance obligations into control framework.

  • (Optional) Mapped compliance obligation
2.4

Develop process for operationalizing identification activities.

  • (Optional) Identification process diagram

Module 3: Implement Compliance Strategy

The Purpose

  • Understand how to build a compliance strategy.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Updating security policies and other control design documents to reflect required controls.
  • Aligning your compliance obligations with your information security strategy.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Review state of information security policies.

3.2

Recommend updates to policies to address control requirements.

  • Recommendations and plan for updates to information security policies
3.3

Review information security strategy.

3.4

Identify alignment points between compliance obligations and information security strategy.

3.5

Develop compliance exception process and forms.

  • Compliance exception forms

Module 4: Track and Report

The Purpose

  • Track the status of your compliance program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Tracking the status of your compliance obligations.
  • Managing exceptions to compliance requirements.
  • Reporting on the compliance management program to senior stakeholders.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Define process and forms for self-attestation.

  • Self-attestation forms
4.2

Develop audit test scripts for selected controls.

  • Completed test scripts for selected controls
4.3

Review process and entity control types.

4.4

Develop self-assessment process.

  • Self-assessment process
4.5

Integrate compliance management with risk register.

4.6

Develop metrics and reporting process.

  • Reporting process
  • Recommended metrics

Search Code: 95780
Published: December 16, 2020
Last Revised: December 16, 2020

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