Every cybersecurity professional I know enjoys diving into the latest reports and industry trends—it’s all part of staying ahead of things that can threaten our businesses and careers. Those of us involved with risk management love to think about what can go wrong and then work to help our organizations build strategies to address risks
Assessment of controls, their level of implementation, and their effectiveness are all essential to risk assessment. BALLAST’s flexible architecture already helps you assess controls from a myriad of frameworks to understand the degree to which those controls affect risk, but now we are extending the functionality to give you more insight into possible compliance gaps.
Every IT professional knows the importance of identifying and patching software vulnerabilities in applications and operating systems. Without doing this, we’re putting ourselves in danger of a vulnerability being exploited by a hacker to affect system confidentiality, integrity, or availability. However, identifying software vulnerabilities and patching them is hard—so much so that many organizations are
With the ever-increasing importance of cybersecurity in business, many organizations are being asked to demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of their security programs by their customers and business partners. The AICPA’s SOC 2 and SOC for Cybersecurity attestation reports have become a de facto standard for independent assurance related to an organization’s security controls. With
Security frameworks are very much like the structure of your dream house. Security programs, like your house, should be built to fit your specific needs and business goals. And, while there are certain policies and processes that are unique to your business, there is also a general structure to creating an effective cybersecurity program. This
It seems that, no matter what industry you are in, if you have a compliance or audit obligation and need to prove that your security program is up-to-snuff, you can count on your auditors or assessors asking for your risk assessment. Not only does having a quality risk assessment provide evidence that there is someone