Obtain Visibility of Compliance and Security Risks Before they Become an Issue
Security and compliance policies form two load-bearing pillars of the information security infrastructure in any organization. If the integrity of any of these two pillars is compromised, your entire organization may be at the risk of collapsing to the ground. Many a time, organizations are prepared to handle cyber-security or compliance-related problems, but the related risks are not identified or visible.
Visibility refers to how easy it is to identify and understand the security and compliance risks threatening your organization. It is important to increase the visibility of compliance and security risks so that they do not become an issue. How does an organization achieve higher visibility of these risks? Here are some tips.
Compile risk assessments across geographical locations and departments
Many organizations, particularly the large ones that have several individual departments and that run operations across multiple geographical locations, need to perform multiple compliance and security risk assessments. If not integrated together, these different assessments can reduce risk visibility. Therefore, it is important to integrate the various physical or geographical locations of your organization’s business operations, possibly through automated software platforms such as the EAID solution. Compiling all the risk and compliance assessments conducted across your entire organization will improve risk visibility.
Look at all risk factors in an integrated manner
Just like automated solutions compile different locations and departments in your organization, they also help integrate a variety of relevant security risk factors and assessments on a single platform. These risk assessments deal with information security, application security, third-party vendor security, physical security, and compliance. Therefore, integration increases the visibility of all the risk factors affecting your organization.
Accountability will also improve the visibility of compliance and security risks. If the gaps in your organization’s security framework are hidden from the stakeholders, remediation and mitigation efforts will be delayed and the cyber-threats in question can become invincible. Assigning the tasks of compliance and security risk assessments to a Chief Information Security Officer(CISO)or other experts will hold them accountable for improving the visibility of these risks.
The visibility of compliance and security risks is tightly linked with communication. Communicating and sharing risk assessments with the stakeholders, including your employees and the C-level leadership, is crucial. This will increase the awareness and visibility of these risks among all concerned people. Once these risks become visible to the people in charge, their remediation becomes easy.
Real-time risk forecasting
New and evolving cyber risks can be extremely dangerous to your organization’s security posture. If you have a team of experts or automated software that can help you predict, discover and detect new risks, the overall visibility of security risks in your organization would improve dramatically. Risk forecasting should be performed in real-time to increase its effectiveness in enhancing visibility.
Maintenance and improvement of compliance and security risk visibility can help your organization’s security posture in a lot of ways. Follow our tips and make your organization’s compliance and security risks visible before they become an issue.