Compliance and Governance

Compliance and Governance: When Technology Just Isn’t Enough

“If you think technology [alone] can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology.”

-Bruce Schneier, industry-recognized cryptographer/computer security and privacy specialist.

The threat to technology-based information assets is higher now than it has ever been. As technology has advanced, so too have the tools and methods employed by those who seek to gain unauthorized access to data or disrupt business processes. But today’s cybercriminals do not simply rely on defeating technical safeguards. Instead, they probe and exploit a range of weaknesses found in the target environment. These weaknesses are not due to technology alone, but also due to failures in procedural safeguards or gaps in management practices. The best technology in the world, when poorly applied or misemployed, does not provide a substantive defense against such threats. And that’s where Compliance and Governance come in.

Security governance, of course, brings together core elements of cyber defense and effective risk management, strengthening a system against the compromise of assets. However, this cannot stand on its own and must be part of a larger risk management strategy, one driven by the business goals of the organization it protects.

Compliance, then, is the mechanism by which those risk-related values are reflected in direction and judgment that shape business plans, information architecture, security policies and procedures, as well as operational practices.

But the best plan ultimately fails if it does not provide a method to ensure that it is properly carried out. Compliance directives ensure that everyone in an organization is working along the same path, as a team, to reach business goals and, at the same time, protect company assets and critical information. Regular compliance reviews and audits keep this important responsibility in the minds of those responsible for it and hold them accountable for ensuring that their governance plans are being carried out successfully.

Netsync can help you build a Compliance and Governance plan to fit your unique business needs. We can help you evaluate your current position and discuss ways to strengthen your security profile by developing effective processes and policies. We can also guide you through compliance requirements for such common operational management schemes as ISO 27001, COBIT, Sarbanes and ITIL.

For more information on ways in which Netsync can help build up your Compliance and Governance profile as part of an entire security assessment, please contact sales@netsync.com.

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