Compliance Is Not Cybersecurity

May 22, 2024 | Blog, Compliance, Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity compliance is full of individual projects and tasks that need to be completed, everything from developing security policies to a vulnerability assessment, all the way to a major migration from an organization’s current MSP. Each task has a cost and a purpose that every stakeholder should recognize. They should know what the results are supposed to be and how to effectively use them.

However, I often witness that the ultimate purpose of compliance is still to “check the box.” While that remains the purpose for many businesses, there are several problems with that approach.

The first problem is that cybersecurity regulation is the minimum requirements to comply. Important vulnerabilities can be ignored because they don’t support your compliance objectives. Some examples are not having cameras in an active area where sensitive information could be accessed, or missing a specialized training topic because it wasn’t listed on the compliance objective sheet.

Also, if you are going through the effort and cost of conducting vulnerability, risk, or any security assessments, you should be using that information to benefit the protection of your business.

If you do not already have an internal subject matter expert (SME), an outsourced fractional cybersecurity consultant can provide an invaluable set of experiences and services. And, yes, we still need to ensure regulatory compliance, but additionally, we need to stay vigilant against evolving cyber threats that could affect our business.

Let’s look are some items that will come from an outsourced cybersecurity consultant and provide more than just checking the box.

  1. Developing a Cybersecurity Strategy
    Beyond compliance, the right consultant can help develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy tailored to your unique needs. This strategy should consider a holistic approach to cybersecurity to include policies, procedures, and technologies that align with the company’s goals and operational requirements.
  2. Recommendations for Cost-Effective Security Solutions
    SME cybersecurity consultants often have experience with a variety of tools and technologies, allowing them to recommend cost-effective solutions that provide robust protection without breaking the bank. They help businesses maximize their cybersecurity budgets by choosing solutions that offer the best return on investment.
  3. Beyond Regulatory Guidance
    While compliance is important, consultants also keep businesses updated with the latest best practices in cybersecurity. This guidance helps businesses stay ahead of emerging threats and adopt innovative solutions that go beyond basic regulatory requirements.
  4. Cyber Insurance Advisory
    Consultants can provide advice on cyber insurance policies, helping businesses understand their coverage options and ensure they have appropriate protection in place. This can be crucial in mitigating financial losses resulting from cyber incidents.
  5. Incident Response Planning
    Consultants assist in creating and implementing incident response plans, which are crucial for minimizing damage in the event of a cyber-attack. They train staff in how to recognize and respond to incidents quickly and effectively, reducing downtime and recovery costs.
  6. Employee Training and Awareness
    One of the most effective defenses against cyber threats is a well-informed workforce. Consultants provide ongoing training and awareness programs to educate employees about the latest threats and best practices. This reduces the risk of human error, which is often a significant factor in security breaches.
  7. Risk Assessment and Management
    A cybersecurity consultant can conduct thorough risk assessments to identify vulnerabilities within a company’s systems and operations. They help businesses understand their specific risks and prioritize them based on potential impact. This proactive approach allows businesses to address vulnerabilities before they can be exploited.
  8. Security Architecture Design
    A cybersecurity consultant can help design and implement secure network architectures that minimize the risk of unauthorized access and data breaches. This includes configuring firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and encryption solutions to protect sensitive information.
  9. Data Protection and Privacy
    Beyond compliance, protecting customer and business data is crucial for maintaining trust and reputation. Consultants assist in implementing data protection measures, including encryption, access controls, and secure data storage solutions, ensuring that sensitive information is safeguarded.
  10. Supplier Risk Management
    Many businesses rely on third-party vendors, which can introduce additional security risks. Consultants help assess and manage these third-party relationships by ensuring that vendors comply with the company’s security standards and monitoring their activities to prevent any potential breaches.
  11. Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
    A robust business continuity plan ensures that a business can continue operating during and after a cyber incident. Consultants help develop and test these plans, ensuring that critical business functions can be restored quickly and efficiently, minimizing operational disruptions.

Duffy Compliance Services Cybersecurity and Compliance Consultants do more than just to make sure you get and stay compliant. We help keep you and your business safer and more resilient. If you would like to learn more, reach out, and we’ll have a conversation.

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