Cybersecurity & Data Compliance
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What is cybersecurity compliance?
Cybersecurity compliance means you have met a set of agreed rules regarding the way you protect sensitive information and customer data. These rules can be set by law, regulatory authorities, trade associations or industry groups. For example, the GDPR is set by the EU with a wide range of cybersecurity requirements that every organization within its scope must comply with, while ISO 27001 is a voluntary (but internationally recognized) set of best practices for information security management. Customers increasingly expect the assurance that compliance brings, because breaches and data disclosure will impact their operations, revenue and reputation too.
Why Cybersecurity assurance and compliance mattters. The time to identify and time to contain a databreach have not varied much in recent years.
277 days — Average time to detect and contain a data breach
320 days — Average time to detect and contain a data breach by a malicious attacker (ransomware)
$1.02 milion — Average cost savings of containing a breach in less than 200 days vs. more than 200 days
— Ponemon Institute and IBM Security®,Cost of a Data Breach Report 2023
Which cybersecurity compliance standard is right for you?
Every business in every industry is operationally different and has different cybersecurity needs. The safeguards used to keep hospital patient records confidential are not the same as the regulations for keeping customers’ financial information secure.
For certain industries, compliance is the law. Industries that deal with sensitive personal information such as healthcare and finance are highly regulated. In some cases, cybersecurity regulations overlap across industries. For example, if you’re a business in the EU that handles credit card payments, then you’ll need to be compliant with both credit and banking card regulations (PCI DSS) and GDPR.
Security basics like risk assessments, encrypted data storage, vulnerability management and incident response plans are fairly common across standards, but what systems and operations must be secured, and how, are specific to each standard. The standards we explore below are far from exhaustive, but they are the most common compliance for start-ups and SaaS businesses that handle digital data.
Let’s dive in
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a far-reaching piece of legislation that governs how businesses – including those in the US – collect and
store the private data of European Union citizens. Fines for non-compliance are high and the EU is not shy about enforcing them.
Who needs to comply with GDPR?
Buckle up because it’s anyone that collects or processes the personal data of anyone in the EU, wherever they go or shop online. Personal information or “personal data” includes just about anything from the name and date of birth to geographic information, IP address, cookie identifiers, health data and payment information. So, if you do business with EU residents, you’re required to comply with GDPR.
How vulnerability scanning can aid compliance with GDPR
Your IT security policy for GDPR doesn’t have to be a complicated document – it just needs to lay out in easy-to-understand terms, the security protocols your business and employees should follow. You can also use free templates from SANS as models.
You can start taking simple steps right away. There are automated platforms that make it easier to work out which requirements you already meet, and which ones you need to correct. For example, you’re required to “develop and implement appropriate safeguards to limit or contain the impact of a potential cybersecurity event” which vulnerability scanning using a tool like Intruder can help you achieve.
Compliance doesn't have to mean complexity
Compliance can seem like a labour-intensive and expensive exercise, but it can pale in comparison to the cost of fixing a breach, paying settlements to customers, losing your reputation, or paying fines. You can also miss out on potential business if you don’t have the certifications customers expect.
Cybersecurity compliance doesn’t need to be difficult with today’s automated tools. If you use tools that already integrates with automated compliance platforms then auditing, reporting and documentation for compliance becomes a whole lot quicker and easier. Whether you’re just starting your compliance journey or looking to improve your security, we can help you get there faster.
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At littledata, we focus on helping SMB’s to not just survive but thrive by securing and fully utilisng your data.