With the growing complexity of the business landscape, GRC teams are tasked with ensuring that an organization is operating in compliance with relevant laws and regulations as well as managing risks that could impact the organization’s ability to achieve its goals.

Additionally, with the increasing importance of cybersecurity and data privacy, GRC teams play a crucial role in helping organizations protect their sensitive information and prevent cyber attacks.

As regulatory demands continue to evolve, it is increasingly evident that GRC teams face an increasing workload.

What can be done to reduce the workload?

Before we share practical bits of advice, let’s recap today’s key challenges for GRC teams and security compliance professionals:

  1. Lack of expertise – There’s a growing demand for GRC professionals who have the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complexities of the regulatory landscape and help organizations implement effective risk management strategies.
  2. Risk visibility – In addition to regulatory compliance, GRC teams oversee an organization’s risk management efforts. It includes extensive data gathering, meticulous data analyses, and the ability to identify potential risks stemming from gaps in compliance adherence.
  3. Policy enforcement – Implementing controls to mitigate compliance gaps and risks, and regularly monitoring the effectiveness of those controls.

Do more with less

To address the aforementioned challenges and to significantly reduce the required efforts, hear are a few action items you can implement:

  1. Automate like there’s no tomorrow – Identify these specific steps in which human expertise is needed and put all your chips on automating the rest. For example, don’t waste your time on data collection and analysis, but do take the time to plan the appropriate remediation path.
  2. Seeing is believing – It’s challenging to make the right decision with no data, however reviewing multiple spreadsheets and dashboards is even more time-consuming and tedious. Find a solution that is right for you that allows for a single pane of glass for compliance and provides that in-depth visibility that you need.
  3. One size doesn’t fit all – All (wo)men are created equal, but every organization is profoundly different. It’s tempting to download a template or reuse one a friend shared, but a custom-fit process is required to cut costs and save time. Define the main steps in your current process and the tools the team is using, and look for software that will adapt to your terms rather than vice versa.

Overall, the demand for GRC teams is expected to continue to grow as organizations recognize the importance of effective governance, risk, and compliance management.
GRC professionals who are able to do the mind shift to automation and have the skills to implement effective risk management strategies will prevail.

Cypago’s compliance solution accelerates compliance adherence while reducing the workload for GRC teams

You need an intelligent platform that will continuously monitor the overall compliance status and watch your back, regardless of how fast the organization or the cyber threat landscape grows. Cypago is that platform. It serves as a single source of truth for any security standard, offloading most of the heavy lifting from GRC leaders and enabling them to make faster and wiser decisions with unmatched success.

If you have any questions or comments about any of the above, please feel free to contact us.

 

At Cypago, we’re always looking for ways to improve our customers’ ability to seamlessly and effortlessly secure their compliance needs. To achieve this goal, our research and development teams have made some exciting updates to our products.

Here is our latest update:

More flexibility and customization

Using the newly introduced Custom Audit wizard, users can upload their own set of controls into Cypago and enjoy the full range of our built-in automation and analysis capabilities based on a unique implementation of advanced NLP-based algorithms.

New for cloud providers

A significant enhancement is now available for cloud providers’ automated evidence collection, gap analysis and continuous monitoring. This includes an impressive lineup of capabilities, including audit trail logging coverage, bucket versioning and backups, server disk backup encryption, server monitoring, user access keys rotation, user access keys limitation, and much, much more.

 

Deeper SDLC monitoring

Get deeper and more accurate visibility into your secure development lifecycle processes with capabilities extending to deployment notifications, branch protection, branch push and merge access, branch force push and code owner requirement, user SSO enrollment, releases, and environments.

 

 


Updated and expanded controls and requirements

These features were purpose-built to empower superior automation, and enable mappings to all standards, including – but not limited to – SOC 2, ISOs, and HIPAA.

New batch of supported integrations

Cypago can now successfully integrate with newly collected assets such as builds, pipelines, and job configurations, within the Azure DevOps (ADO) space, and supports integration with additional tools such as Freshservice, Curricula, Monday.com, Snyk, and Snowflake.

 

Private cloud tool integration

Cypago now enables advanced GitLab and Jira server collection from your own private cloud premises, including environments, releases, deployment notifications as well as users, groups, and admin permissions.

If you have any questions or comments about any of the above product updates, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to discuss them with you.

The job of the CISO is extremely important, and ever-evolving. Faced with a rapidly digitizing environment and its subsequently expanding threat landscape, CISOs are the security leaders charged with helping organizations stay ahead of the game, and retain their competitive edge, without falling prey to malicious hackers, ransomware, and other cyber attacks.

CISOs must keep up with industry trends, anticipate cyber risks, and take measures to prevent them from materializing. To do so, they fulfill integral roles in helping organizations build their overall cybersecurity strategies and courses of action. As such, it goes without saying that they must constantly keep updated on the latest innovative tech tools and operational strategies, while remaining fully compliant with all relevant regulatory requirements.

It’s no wonder that, when it comes to implementing and managing cybersecurity programs, CISOs face their fair share of challenges.

Let’s take a deep dive into the top 3 challenges CISOs face, from Cypago’s perspective.

1. Creating and maintaining a comprehensive cybersecurity program that covers all aspects of the organization’s business operations

Over the past decade, organizations have adapted to many new and diverse work models and policies. Today, more and more people are working remotely at least one day a week, requiring network access from multiple locations. Additionally, many companies now employ a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, allowing employees to access internal systems from a personal device, such as a laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Coupled with the preponderance of out-of-date devices and corporate systems that should have been updated or decommissioned long ago, as well as a plethora of unpatched vulnerabilities, CISOs often find themselves struggling to build a cybersecurity strategy that ensures protection anytime, and from anywhere.

2. Implementing and managing security controls and technologies that are effective against the latest threats

With increased digitization comes an increase in the volume and sophistication of cyber-attacks attempted against organizations. Those technologies and practices that successfully warded off attacks just a short while ago, have essentially been rendered obsolete. To stay even one step ahead of cybercriminals and their ever-changing threats, visibility is key, but it’s only the starting point. Once they know what they need to protect against, CISOs must identify the most effective security controls and technologies that keep their organizations safe against the latest threats, and then implement and monitor them, to ensure their continued success. To say that this is a cumbersome process is an understatement!

3. Ensuring that the organization’s cybersecurity program is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of the business.

The cyber threat landscape isn’t the only piece of the puzzle that’s in a state of constant evolution. Businesses across industries are consistently changing as well, in an effort to meet customer expectations, market trends, budget constraints, and employee well-being and satisfaction-related demands.

Above all, CISOs must regularly verify that the organization’s cybersecurity program is aligned with all compliance and regulatory requirements derived from its business goals and objectives. These, of course, tend to evolve over time as well, with new regulations emerging to help protect organizations, their assets, and their customer base. Given the rapid changes and the nature of the regulations, CISOs need to leverage the right tools to deliver on this key liability.

Cypago’s end-to-end compliance solution helps CISOs overcome these main challenges – and others!

You need an intelligent platform that will continuously monitor your overall compliance status and watch your back, regardless of how fast your organization or the cyber threat landscape grows. Cypago is precisely that platform, serving as a single source of truth for any security standard, giving CISOs the peace of mind they need, to make faster, smarter decisions that help them overcome the above main challenges, with unmatched success.

Want to learn more about Cypago’s compliance solution? Visit us >> cypago.com

At Cypago, we’re always looking for ways to improve our customers’ experience and security compliance management capabilities. To that end, our research and development teams have been hard at work on updating our products so that they help make compliance processes that much smoother and more successful.

Here is a brief summary:

Evidence management

This will enable you to easily view,
identify, export, and handle
compliant/non-compliant artifacts.

Compliance dashboard

We’ve launched an updated, extremely powerful dashboard that provide you with actionable insights on your current compliance posture, in one convenient location.

User access reviews

This is a groundbreaking innovative
tool that was purpose-built to enable
you to review, assess, and approve
users, permissions, and application
access.

Vendor management

This feature creates a single location,
from which you can effectively and
efficiently manage, assess, and
document your vendors and their
associated risks.

Audit scope editor

Use this feature to add or remove
controls from existing scope, annotate
ignored ones, assign ownership, and
more.

New batch of supported
integrations

Cypago can now successfully
integrate with the following digital
solutions: Gitlab CI, AWS CloudTrail,
AWS CloudWatch, Microsoft Azure,
Okta, MongoDB, Terraform, JFrog,
Elastic Cloud, JumpCloud, Slack.
Many more to come very soon.

Auditor interaction

With this new feature, you’ll benefit
from streamlined management for the
control implementation lifecycle,
including snapshots and submissions
for audits.

Risk register

Manage, assess, and document your
risks in one place, with this efficient
feature.

Assets directory

Use this directory to gain full visibility
of all of your security &
compliance-related assets, which will
be continuously collected from all
connected integrations and stored in a
single repository, for easy access.

Task management

Create and delegate tasks for team
members and colleagues to mitigate
outstanding gaps or deliver new
required evidence with greater ease
than ever before.

If you have any questions or comments about any of the above product updates, please feel free to contact us.

Security audits can be complex, confusing, and time-consuming. They can also cost an organization a pretty penny. As such, when seeking to sail through IT compliance and security audits, it’s important to identify the difference between how much you’re spending, and how much you SHOULD be spending, to get the security audit results your organization and clients seek and deserve.

To better understand the compliance pricing landscape, let’s overview the direct, indirect, and opportunity loss costs associated with SOC 2 and ISO 27001 audits.

Direct costs

How much are you spending on consultancy services, auditor fees, and security or IT tools needed to comply with the standard requirements (such as a code vulnerability scanner, for example)?

Numbers for direct costs vary widely, depending on the nature of the organization, the product architecture (SaaS or not), the rating of the auditor (The ‘Big 4’ or others), and the geography.

Indirect costs

These are the sum of all organization resources spent on preparing and running a security compliance process. For example, all the efforts put in by internal teams to define the audit’s scope, collect evidence, analyze and identify the gaps, remediate them, and manage the overall process.

For fast-growing organizations, this can quickly sum up to hundreds of work hours spent by your most expensive and time-limited employees!

Opportunity loss costs

A lack of adequate security compliance can lead to failed business opportunities and subsequent financial loss. In today’s market, given the high sensitivity to data protection and privacy, a SOC 2 report or ISO 27001 certification must be made available, to prevent or mitigate opportunity loss costs.

Bottom line: how much does an internal audit cost?

All in all, the overall cost of a SOC 2 or ISO 27001 audit run manually without any automation can be extremely painful. It can significantly and negatively influence any team’s availability and ability to focus on its business-critical tasks. This is without considering a vital component of audit costs, when it comes to regulated markets: fines applied by the authorities, should any misalignment with regulatory requirements be detected.

Automating security compliance processes has quickly become the leading option for forward-looking compliance managers and security experts. By significantly reducing the overall efforts required in these processes, you can save hundreds of hours every year and experience a major drop in your total cost of ownership.

In the market for a compliance automation solution to reduce your security compliance costs?

Discover Cypago’s end-to-end intelligent compliance solution for any security standard and start orchestrating your startup’s security compliance, today!

If your organization utilizes cloud technologies to collect, store, and share the vast quantities of information handled each and every day, it’s essential that security programs be established to ensure IT compliance. This is not just to maintain a security posture for your organization, but also to demonstrate your security posture to potential customers.

ISO 27001 and SOC 2 are two of the most widely accepted set of controls, and should most certainly be implemented, in many cases. But before taking any active step with these crucial measures, it’s important to understand their added value:

ISO 27001 vs. SOC 2: Main similarities

Standardized communication

ne of the primary functions of both SOC 2 and ISO 27001 is to communicate an organization’s cybersecurity posture to its employees, prospects and/or partners. Both present a standard set of requirements for everyone within the organization to use, creating a common IT compliance language and helping team members avoid any misunderstandings.

Customization for solid security monitoring

Both SOC 2 and ISO 27001 provide a list of requirements organized in domains or categories, covering a wide range of activities within the organization, such as the processes and infrastructure involved in the organization’s various production and operational activities. However, it is important to note that these do not always list the specific controls you need to implement. They often use generic statements that cannot be implemented as-is. For this reason, it is critical to customize the audit scope to fit your specific setup.

The need for an external eye

An additional commonality between SOC 2 and ISO 27001 is their need for an external auditor or assessor. These controls cannot be self-attested and must involve extensive evidence collection and analysis to prove that the controls were implemented correctly.

ISO 27001 and SOC 2 costs

In today’s dynamic market, achieving compliance with either SOC 2 or ISO 27001 is essential to doing business. That means the budget planning and business goals must allocate the resources for a security audit every year.

ISO 27001 vs. SOC 2: Main differences

How long does compliance take?

SOC 2, specifically the Type 2 audit, reviews an organization’s security-related behavior over a period – usually 12 months. Whereas ISO 27001 considers a set of evidence provided to prove the organization’s security posture at a given point in time.

Big picture vs. fine print

SOC 2 exhibits more rigorous and detailed requirements, including implementation details. ISO 27001, on the other hand, tends to focus on process management, policy documents, and primary security-related configurations. For example, you may find a requirement to implement a multi-factor authentication as part of SOC 2, but not necessarily in ISO 27001.

Regional applicability

SOC 2 is much more prevalent in the North-American market, whereas ISO 27001 is dominant in Europe. However, since both have many building blocks in common, adopting the two is regarded as wise.

IT environment

Finally, SOC 2 references cloud infrastructures and tools, while ISO 27001 focuses on a generic IT environment, while its successors, such as ISO 27017, are more cloud-focused. This may be relevant when doing business with European entities, which tend to demand to see cloud-specific standards adopted.

 

Are you ready for powerful IT compliance orchestration that helps you leverage the benefits of both ISO 27001 and SOC 2 to ensure successful security audits?

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For years, organizations have been using security standards and frameworks to organize their security programs and demonstrate their cybersecurity posture to potential customers. However, the increased adoption rate of cloud technologies and the overwhelming challenge in securing these environments have transformed the annual compliance auditing process into a significant pain point.

When it comes to trends in compliance, there’s no such thing as being too prepared with information on ISO 27001 vs. SOC 2. To that end, and as security compliance experts, we’ve prepared the ultimate ISO 27001 and SOC 2 readiness assessment checklist to ensure your startup is maximally prepared for your upcoming IT compliance audit.

Start early, work less

You want your startup to sail through its IT compliance security audits, from Day 1, even before you have a viable product shipped into the markets. Doing so will save you on time and effort in the long run. All your audit essentials, from your SOC 2 monitoring reports to your ISO 27001 certification costs, will all be organized and accessible to the relevant stakeholders.

Align on time limitations

How long does it take to get SOC 2 compliance? It could take six months, which could result in your startup losing a large account waiting for your SOC 2 report before closing a deal. The same goes for your ISO 27001 business continuity plan. It’s critical to ensure all parties involved are aligned on time limitations, to keep the security compliance audit process moving forward and on schedule, as well as to keep expectations in check.

Define the scope of your security compliance audit

As compliance is not a one-size-fits-all process, organizations must make sure the audit scope is customized specifically to their data handling, development lifecycle, and operational processes. Using an automated process, for your ISO 27001 and SOC 2 compliance can help you understand your audit scope, before the audit is even underway

List key cloud tools

As with every security audit, you must collect many data types to serve as evidence of your organization’s IT compliance. This data comes from the cloud-based tools and infrastructure used across the organization, from cloud platforms and identity access management, to change management tools, productivity tools, and others. Therefore, integrating an automated system that unifies the many data silos within an organization, is key.

Review the current state of your integrated compliance program

Once all the data has been prepared, it is time to analyze it, match it to the relevant controls, and identify any prevalent gaps. You will need to note any deviations from the requirements listed in the SOC 2 or ISO 27001 standard, which are covered in the scope of the current audit. Doing so will help you clarify your startup’s compliance risk map, so that by the time you get to the audit itself, your compliance posture will have improved.

Remediate any identified gaps

Finally, once you have obtained a customized scope, collected and analyzed all data, and identified existing gaps, you must remediate outstanding gaps to ensure your audit is as seamless and successful as can be. Note that this step can be quite complex, but integrating an automated compliance platform can guide you towards efficient and effective risk management and compliance, for the long haul. Are you ready for a zero-touch compliance experience that ensures you’re consistently prepared for every audit? Discover Cypago’s end-to-end intelligent compliance solution for any security standard and start orchestrating your startup’s security compliance, today! >> https://cypagostg.wpengine.com/how-it-works/

Security Certification is a big issue nowadays.
Everyone talks about it; everyone thinks everyone else masters it, but still, only a handful knows how to approach it.

Working with hundreds of organizations, small and large alike, we realized that companies generally don’t understand compliance concepts, master the processes, or even know where to begin. Usually, compliance is perceived as a pain-in-the-neck that must be ‘somehow’ solved and removed from the way.

Let me try and answer some of the basic unasked questions that run in everyone’s minds:

Who should meet security compliance and why?

Practically any company with a software-based offering should comply with at least one security standard. Achieving compliance is imperative to create trust with customers and federal regulators and serves as a solid and field-tested foundation for your security program.

What are the differences between ISO 27001 and SOC 2?

In general, both SOC 2 and ISO 27001 help you verify your company’s security posture and help you establish well-formed and secure processes. However, ISO 27001 exhibits a more process-oriented approach, focusing on people, policies, procedures, and technology. SOC 2, on the other hand, is more rigorous and goes deeper into the intrinsics of security configurations, cloud platforms and SaaS tools settings, development lifecycle security, and more.

What is the difference between SOC 2 type 1 to SOC 2 type 2?

SOC 2 type 1 audit will review your compliance at a specific time; thus, it provides only a limited assurance for your customers. In a SOC 2 type 2 audit, your auditor will review evidence collected over time, usually three months if that is your first audit or twelve months in most other cases. Proving compliance over time elevates your overall security and data handling posture.

What does ISO 27001 clause 5 mean?

ISO 27001 clause 5 requires that the person or group managing the organization demonstrate leadership concerning the core principles of information security by defining the mission statement, strategy, and goals. In practice, it mandates the definition and implementation of an information security policy and the specific properties it should include. It also requires management to assign information security authorities and responsibilities.

What are ISO 27001 and SOC 2 mandatory requirements?

Both SOC 2 and ISO 27001 standards mandate policies and procedures to reflect the secure nature of people and technology-related operations. On top of that, both standards will require an organization to provide evidence pointing to the adequate implementation of a list of information security controls. In general, SOC 2 and ISO 27001 cover multiple operational categories, including security, confidentiality, availability, and data integrity aspects.

Is there a SOC 2 & ISO 27001 compliance checklist?

The SOC 2 and ISO 27001 standards have formal evaluation criteria, as made available for auditors and auditees by the American Institute of CPA (AICPA) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) institute. However, since compliance is not a one-size-fits-all process, it is advisable to leverage an intelligent solution that can generate an audit scope matching your specific IT and operational environments.

Is ISO 27001 and SOC 2 certification worth it?

In recent years, the global economy has experienced an exponential rise in cyber attacks on companies and individuals alike. This gloomy reality has brought the federal government and the private sector to require vendors’ highest security assurance levels before engaging in business. The best and most effective way to communicate your cybersecurity posture to prospective customers is to adopt one or more of the abovementioned security standards. One can claim that today, SOC 2 and ISO 27001 have become true business enablers and are part of the cost of doing business.

Want to learn more about the compliance process?

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In today’s demanding security, privacy and compliance requirements, an overwhelming effort is needed so that your organization is able to demonstrate compliance with one or more security standards. Which alone is a key business enabler, and in many cases a bottleneck for growth.

“We need all our user permissions data from all relevant platforms to be reviewed on time for our upcoming audit…” Says every company looking to expand their business and prove that they are security compliant. Or all too often requests come from the Business, Legal or Finance departments with multiple other requirements that involve additional stakeholders, piles of data and documents, with tedious repetitive tasks. Essentially the endless paper trail chase and definition of “company friction”.

So you have used Excel sheets and sticky notes to handle it, and maybe even played around with a semi-automated tool, but to no avail – the heavy lifting is still yours to do.

Intelligent Compliance – The right way to go

From my many years of experience, I can wholeheartedly say that cutting-edge technology combined with a field-proven approach is your best bet. But it is not enough – Your need to serve your business needs best while investing as little effort as possible in the compliance process must be the cornerstone of any tool you search for.

When reviewing security compliance solutions look for a holistic solution with important features and capabilities that:

  • Supports multiple security standards, including custom audits and controls
  • Collects only the relevant pieces of evidence across data silos and keep your data safe and secure
  • Does intelligent gap analysis based on machine learning and data correlation
  • Provides you with not only visibility but also enables automatic gap remediation

Find that one solution that allows you to effectively focus on other critical tasks rather than waste time on compliance friction.

This is exactly where Cypago’s intelligent compliance solution comes into play to completely turn the tables for you.

It’s Time for Intelligent Compliance.

Say goodbye to security audit friction.

Learn more about the Cypago platform and leverage the power of our innovative technology to achieve compliance with any security standard in your fast-growing environment.

To schedule a demo or answer any questions contact me directly arik@cypago.com

Unicorns grow fast, super-fast.

It is not rare to see a Unicorn company doubling or even tripling its employee count in one year.

Thinking about our customer unicorn and soonicorn companies, it is clear that they experience immense growing pains and even much more than established companies.

It is the inevitable result of their fast growth, processes that worked just fine when the company was small enough are quickly becoming inadequate, demanding too much effort and resources. As the team at Trello noted, fast-growth might cause interference with forward-looking activities such as research and innovation. Ultimately, the growth itself might significantly slow down if not handled the right way.

Such is the case when trying to achieve and maintain compliance with security standards in a fast-growing environment.

Security Compliance For Unicorns

Compliance is no simple task, even for small to medium businesses due to its manual and labor-intensive nature. However, for the Unicorn, it has become a highly ineffective process.

For example:

  • User access review is an essential requirement in most modern security standards such as SOC 2 and SOX-ITGC. It mandates that a user permission would be reviewed several times each year to verify that user access is properly authorized and administered.For a 20 or 50 employee company, this mission is possible.
    Yet what happens when almost overnight the business grows and has hundreds or even thousands of employees?Scanning the long 1000+ list of usernames, from dozens of different tools, manually trying to identify which nickname in one system relates to which employee in the Human Resources system – This is almost impossible and will not be a cost-effective task.
  • The same is true when handling change management reviews. Most security standards require businesses to have a process in place that authorizes, documents and approves all changes to their infrastructure, data, or software.
    I’ve seen teams sifting through mega lists of thousands of records, manually cross-referencing them with thousands of other records only to be able to verify that a specific checked-in version was appropriately linked to the right ticket.

Intelligent Compliance – The remedy for Unicorn growing pains

When growing fast, entering new markets, or operating in new regions, GRC and security teams must do more than the same old manual compliance processes. Pouring in more resources or adding more human resources to the team can decrease the audit overload only minimally.

What is needed to close the gap and become an effective business enabler is an intelligent technology that can do all the heavy lifting and remove all compliance friction, both internally and externally.

What’s needed is a platform that can quickly connect to the existing SaaS stack and not only will collect the required evidence, but also analyze it, correlate distributed pieces of data into meaningful, actionable data, and can tell you in an intuitive and easy-to-use interface what your compliance status is.

Imagine a platform that will do all of that, and in addition allow automatic remediation of existing compliance gaps swiftly. This is the ultimate solution to the growing pains.

It’s Time for Intelligent Compliance with Cypago

Say goodbye to security audit friction.

With Cypago’s Compliance Orchestration Platform you get:

  • Effort reduction by up to 90% – From scoping to compliance monitoring and data reviews, Cypago’s platform smoothly and automatically runs you through all the various audit phases
  • Increased ROI – With a real intelligent solution as opposed to basic compliance tools, be assured you are investing in a technology that allows you to improve your return on existing tools
  • Flexible and customized audits – Instantly get an audit scope that is specifically tailored to your setup and needs. Quickly align your scope with your auditor’s language and requirements using our advanced Scoping engine.
  • Get continuous compliance assurance – Point-in-time compliance is far from satisfying today’s information security risks. You need an intelligent platform that will continuously monitor your overall compliance status and will watch your back, no matter how fast your organization grows

Learn more about the Cypago platform and leverage the power of our innovative technology to achieve compliance with any security standard in your fast-growing environment.

To schedule a demo or answer any questions contact me directly arik@cypago.com

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