by Arik Solomon, October 15, 2021

🕑 3 minutes read

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