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Security & Compliance Consulting

Successful businesses must have robust IT security programs. These protocols and procedures go beyond standard practices to protect critical business assets. The seamless integration of compliance and security provides organizations with a sturdy framework to ward off external threats.

Many companies make the mistake of thinking that compliance means security. It doesn't. However, security does account for a significant part of compliance. Understanding how the two components work symbiotically can make all the difference for business operations.

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Identity and Access Management

Every employee is unique. That's why they must have unique electronic and digital identities in the workplace. Our identity and access management (IAM) system provides a mechanism that allows security professionals to control who has permission to view, edit, and distribute information.

IAM systems take many forms, such as two-factor authentication, privileged access management, and single sign-on systems. Each model enables individuals to protect their identity and user information. That applies to employees as well as external vendors and customers.

Business leaders and IT departments face increasing pressure to protect valued assets. Companies can no longer rely on manual processes to assign and track which employees can access specific information. Our IAMs automate these responsibilities and security teams to create detailed administrative controls that align with company needs.

Automated IAMs free up companies to function more efficiently. Managers can allocate less time, money, and effort to managing these platforms and more time on essential business functions. IAMs also simplify authentication and validation requirements as well as compliance with a third party's requirements.

Threat Protection

We live in a data-driven world. Companies have to handle massive amounts of information every hour and don't have any leeway. A single slip-up can compromise user data and a business's reputation.

Our backup and cybersecurity solutions keep business operations from grinding to a halt. The safeguards mitigate risk exposure, helping IT professionals nix phishing scams and data breaches before they start. They also guarantee a separate copy of all data.

Remember that each framework comes with specific regulations and applications. Our data protection systems ensure security compliance with the appropriate industry, government, and third-party authorities. Some of the most common guidelines include:

  • AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants).
  • CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act).
  • COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies).
  • GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
  • HITECH Omnibus Rule PCI-DSS (The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard).
  • ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
  • NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).

Companies also stand to benefit from user awareness training. Identifying and reporting threats to a compliance center can reduce the odds of a breach dramatically. A comprehensive baseline for security awareness allows companies to create a worry-free environment for their most valued assets.

Information Protection Management

Our information security management system (ISMS) serves as the first line of defense against threats. The documented system consists of various controls that regulate confidentiality, integrity, and availability. This risk management tool protects against:

  • Data leaks.
  • Data destruction.
  • Improper access or alterations.
  • Viruses and other harmful elements.

Information security management systems come in all shapes and sizes. The most popular one is Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA). It empowers security professionals to check internal processes by implementing a customized security plan. A compliance team can offer input to review and hone the system further.

Our ISMS requires an equal focus on compliance and security. These forces work together to identify and combat risks. They also reassure a potential client that an organization has taken the proper precautions to protect data.

Security Operations

Even the best security plans won't materialize without communication. A central authority employs essential processes and ensures that everyone implements them uniformly. Our security operations center continuously monitors and refines a company's security position while preventing, detecting, and responding to cyber threats.

Security operations vary from organization to organization. Most places leverage a hub-and-spoke model. It aggregates and interprets data from multiple points, using security information and an event management system.

The individual spokes can vary based on a company's systems. A security manager may incorporate governance, risk and compliance (GRC) systems, intrusion prevention systems (IPS), unified endpoint management, and threat intelligence platforms (TIP). The specific platforms should be as unique as the company itself.

Remember that security operations only work when they can see devices and data. If they lack the necessary visibility, a company will have blind spots in its security network. A comprehensive view of a business' threats can optimize agility and defense.

Unified Endpoint Management

Our unified endpoint management (UEM) has become increasingly important in the modern era. More people than ever work from home or in remote locations. They also use their mobile devices to complete work and access sensitive corporate information.

UEM takes on a granular approach to device security. It allows an IT department to manage, protect, and deploy corporate assets to a specified destination via a single console. This approach makes UEM a logical evolution from traditional mobile device management.

Our systems operate across multiple platforms, including macOS, Android, Windows, and iOS. A well-integrated system simplifies management by enabling professionals to configure and monitor any device within the network. It also eases migration from legacy software like Windows 7.

Our UEM comes with a range of other benefits. Companies can safeguard audit logs, automate rules enforcement, and address imminent cybersecurity threats. Since UEM utilizes many automated tasks, it can also lower an IT department's overhead costs.

Governance Risk Compliance

The globalization of business has made people more connected than ever. That connectivity also comes with a lot of red tape. Companies have to consider compliance requirements in a particular market; otherwise, they face the threat of fines, hacks, and lost credibility.

Our governance risk compliance establishes a comprehensive standard to meet any third party's needs. As mentioned above, some of the most prominent regulations stem from HIPAA, IOS, NIST, and GDPR. Understanding the key differences between each of them can minimize risk and contribute to long-term customer retention.

Savvy organizations invest heavily in checking the compliance box. That means protecting data no matter how strict the regional or national regulations are. Once a compliance center develops a sturdy baseline, it's easier to scale solutions and expand operations to other countries.

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We have already given countless companies the speed, defense, and confidence they need to operate in the modern digital ecosystem. We're ready to make your company next. Call or email us to learn how we can preserve critical functions and maximize your compliance score.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are security and compliance?

Security and compliance are not the same. Security involves implementing effective technical controls to safeguard company and customer data. Compliance requires companies to meet third-party regulatory standards or contractual obligations.

A security team can create a unique security program for internal use, but it may not satisfy regulatory standards. Instead, it protects critical assets from potential threats. Compliance satisfies external requirements, whether contractual or legal.

What are Microsoft security and compliance?

Microsoft offers security and compliance centers for its customers. The intuitive and accessible platforms come with Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Business 365 and help to streamline data security and compliance obligations. Some of the popular features include threat management systems, data loss prevention, and advanced audits.

The Microsoft compliance center even has a scorecard that a compliance manager can use to evaluate a company's health. It scores threats across seven different categories to determine the overall compliance posture. Microsoft also has a solutions catalog to address blind spots in case a company has a less-than-perfect score.

Why is security compliance important?

Compliance and security work hand-in-hand to protect an organization's assets. A company can implement diligent security practices but won't know how effective they are without a compliance audit. A compliance center provides the perspective and regulatory requirements needed to ensure that the security measures can weather constant threats across multiple frameworks.

What is the compliance security principle?

The compliance security principle refers to layered security systems that mitigate external threats. These measures reduce the odds of theft, unauthorized access, and improper alterations. Some examples of this digital security principle in practice include web application firewalls and two-factor authentication.

How do we create comprehensive security programs that meet compliance standards?

Security professionals know that security programs don't materialize overnight. A team of security analysts must educate themselves on the compliance standards and existing threats.

After creating a risk assessment plan, they can develop security controls that function within current compliance frameworks. The key is regularly updating an organization's security practices to ensure that they're state-of-the-art.