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10/8/2019
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7 Considerations Before Adopting Security Standards

Here's what to think through as you prepare your organization for standards compliance.
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Decide Whether Compliance Is Enough 

Compliance means your security system adheres to all the standards and regulations. That's all well and good, but your customers may require your system is certified by the appropriate governing body. With certification, companies can show physical proof of a compliance claim. 
That's why it's important to find out whether your customers are asking for certification - and also whether your company's stakeholders believe it's important. If so, certification programs require buy-in from top management and take extra resources for maintaining documents and paying consultants.
In many cases, if a company takes the time to achieve a certification, they can often avoid additional audits in the future because most customers will trust the independently verified certificate, adds Lindsey Ullian, compliance manager at Threat Stack.

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Decide Whether Compliance Is Enough

Compliance means your security system adheres to all the standards and regulations. That's all well and good, but your customers may require your system is certified by the appropriate governing body. With certification, companies can show physical proof of a compliance claim.

That's why it's important to find out whether your customers are asking for certification and also whether your company's stakeholders believe it's important. If so, certification programs require buy-in from top management and take extra resources for maintaining documents and paying consultants.

In many cases, if a company takes the time to achieve a certification, they can often avoid additional audits in the future because most customers will trust the independently verified certificate, adds Lindsey Ullian, compliance manager at Threat Stack.

Image Source: Adobe Stock: WrightStudio

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10/23/2019 | 4:59:45 AM
ISO 27001 used as a Framework
I agree with the article in that you really need to understand the business drivers, but I also think that a vast majority of business would be best served using ISO 27001 as their Information Security Management System. This gives the framework for their security program as a whole, from the creation of policies to performing compliance activities. I would not even consider certification, unless there is an overwhelming need. The next decision is whether to use the controls contained within ISO 27001, or take the opportunity to swap out more suitable controls (e.g. NIST, CIS20, ISF, PCI DSS etc.). The good thing about ISO 27001 is that it does give a wide coverage of controls across a security program, such as covering non IT-related area's most other controls don't (e.g. policies, people, physical etc.) However, ISO 27001 can be a bit high level and not detailed enough, even if using ISO 27002. This is where tailoring your controls either by using say NIST SP 800-53 across your enterprise, or specific requirements (e.g. PCI DSS). I personally like to use ISO27001 as the framework and also utilise the non-tech controls contained within. Then I would bring in more specific controls to cover the technical side, cloud specific, privacy, IoT etc. My concern about going straight to NIST is that although they are excellent controls, they are designed for information systems and therefore focus on the IT security side and not really a holistic information security program. Lack resources, time, or just need to get some technical controls in fast? I would go with CIS20 controls as they are very easy to follow and lead you through a three stage maturity process.
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