Build Your Data Security Armor to Withstand Attacks and Audits

In the battle for data security, the best defense is a good offense – take charge and anticipate data audits and breaches before they happen.


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Due to increasing value and volume of data and growing pressure from threats and regulatory bodies, organizations today are having trouble keeping up with these pressures and establishing a data security program that protects data assets and ensures compliance.

  • Being responsible for the security of the organization’s data is a large responsibility. Data breaches have major consequences such as loss of trust from customers and partners and tarnished reputation.
  • Safeguarding against being fined and lawsuits due to violations of regulatory and compliance requirements in an increasingly complex data and regulatory environment is challenging and you need all the help you can get.

In today’s information age, data is considered the lifeblood of the organization. Securing these assets will help your organization safely leverage data at its maximum value without having to worry about it getting hacked.

  • Good data security will give you peace of mind. Small investments in good data security mean that you don’t have to worry about the huge pains associated with inadequate data security.
  • An effective data security program will prevent larger corporate headaches such as loss of trust from your internal and external stakeholders (customers, employees, lenders, partners).
  • Communicate the importance of data security in the organization, keep your policies and procedures up to date, and be confident that your data is safe.

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Module 1: Build the Enterprise Data Security Profile

The Purpose

  • The data security profile consists of the organizational drivers for the data security program, the stakeholders involved with data security in the organization, the governing laws and regulations, and the data present in the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A clear direction and comprehensive inputs for the data security program.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Understand the business drivers of the data security program.
1.2 Develop and document the purpose and scope of the data security program.
1.3 Identify and document your regulatory compliance obligations.
  • Data Compliance Checklist
1.4 Identify the key roles and responsibilities.
1.5 Inventory and classify the organization’s data.
  • Data Inventory Tool
  • Data Classification Tool
1.6 Identify other security obligations.

Module 2: Create the Enterprise Data Security Policy

The Purpose

  • After understanding the key elements of data security, you can create your comprehensive Enterprise Data Security Policy.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • The Enterprise Data Security Policy is your organization’s guiding tool for the data security program, and will be used by everyone in the organization to reference acceptable security practices.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Review the findings of the data security profile.
2.2 Use the profile to build the policy.
  • Enterprise Data Security Policy
2.3 Continue to build the Enterprise Data Security Policy.
  • Data Classification Tool

Module 3: Prepare for a Self-Audit

The Purpose

  • This module will help you to prepare for a real data audit by understanding the components of a data audit and practicing an internal audit.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • By practicing for a real audit and creating a data audit report, you can demonstrate due diligence to auditors.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Data audit overview.
3.2 Define the scope of the data audit.
3.3 Identify the audit team.
3.4 Identify users for interviews.
  • Data Audit Interview Schedule
3.5 Tailor the interview guide.
  • Data Audit Interview Guide
3.6 Complete the initial audit readiness assessment using the Data Audit Scorecard Tool.
  • Data Audit Scorecard Tool

Module 4: Create a Strategy for Addressing Gaps in Audit Readiness

The Purpose

  • Identify key data security issues and develop a plan of action to remediate those concerns.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A practical roadmap will enable you to address key gaps in the organization’s audit readiness.

Activities: Outputs:
4.1 Discuss audit results and draw hypotheses.
  • Data Audit Interview Guide
4.2 Create a practical roadmap for addressing key gaps in the organization’s audit readiness.
  • Sample Data Audit Report
4.3 Discuss strategies for achieving audit success and compliance

Module 5: Create a Data Security Awareness Program

The Purpose

  • Making the data security program sustainable is important for keeping up with rapidly changing regulatory and threat landscape. Weave a sustainable and effective data security program into the fabric of the organization.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Maintain momentum for the data security program by ensuring that the entire organization is knowledgeable and understands the key roles and aspects of the program.

Activities: Outputs:
5.1 Create a common understanding of the importance of a Data Security Awareness Program
  • Data Security Survey
5.2 Review the Data Security Seminar.
  • Data Security Seminar
5.3 Create a schedule and plan for communicating the Data Security Seminar in conjunction with the Data Security Survey.
5.4 Review the outcomes of the workshop.
5.5 Debrief with key executives and the business to demonstrate results.
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