Best Practices to Ensure Efficient Cyber Security Compliance Audits


The threats and risks of cybercrime have evolved tremendously, and businesses need to constantly audit their cybersecurity compliance success to evaluate their efficiency.

As businesses globally have leveraged different cloud tools throughout all their digital assets, they need to strike a perfect balance between data storage and security while the data is on the cloud and on-premises. According to a recent report by Thales titled “2022 Thales Cloud Security Study,” nearly 43% of the respondents say that their efforts to execute security compliance audit at some points. The report highlights the tremendous scope of cybersecurity opportunities for businesses that have successfully migrated to the cloud. CISOs should design and implement effective cybersecurity audit standards to secure all their assets and comply with governance policies.

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Here are a few steps that CISOs can consider to improve their cybersecurity compliance audits:

Steps before conducting cybersecurity audit

Before the SecOps teams embark on the journey to conduct a cybersecurity compliance audit, they should ensure that they have a better understanding of the scope and objectives of the audit and determine if they have currently embraced managed IT service.

CISOs also need to ensure that they have all the required resources to accomplish the audits successfully. Designing a complete roadmap to conduct the cybersecurity audit to ensure accuracy in their operations. Before starting the audit, SecOps teams need to collect all the relevant information about the current cybersecurity tech stack of the enterprise. At this stage, businesses need to evaluate their organization’s risk, identify vulnerabilities, and collect relevant data about the organization’s IT infrastructure and business networks.

Once the audit teams have gathered all the relevant data, they need to have the entire roadmap ready to determine the aspects or areas of the enterprises that need to be analyzed during the report. The scope of work should have detailed pieces of information about all the applications, tools, and business networks that need to be evaluated for cybersecurity compliance audits. SecOps teams should be able to develop and enforce an effective compliance audit plan that emphasizes the testing process of every system or network for vulnerabilities. For an effective cybersecurity compliance audit, businesses should have all defined timelines to complete the audit with accuracy.

Evaluate all the enforced information security policies

The information security policy enforces a certain set of rules that highlights how sensitive customer and workforce data should be handled. It is one of the most efficient ways to enable the auditors to execute an assessment to determine the sensitive business assets are and what governance policies are set to secure them, and whether they are sufficient. CISOs, while auditing cybersecurity compliance, need to consider the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the assets being evaluated. Businesses need to secure all confidential data from unauthorized access and misuse of the information.

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Unify all the cybersecurity policies

Businesses should be able to centralize all the security policies and easily enforce real-time whenever it is required. Auditors can leverage this approach to get a better understanding of the entire security posture without having to look for long. Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), Access Control Policy (ACP), change management policy, Incident Response (IR) Policy, remote access policy, and email/Communication policy are a few policies that cybersecurity compliance auditors should have access to ensure accurate evaluation. Auditors that have access to the entire network diagram will help to get an in-depth understanding of the enterprise IT architecture.

Cybersecurity compliance auditors that follow the above strategies will enable the SecOps teams to execute the audits with accuracy.

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