Risk Management & Reporting

Understanding cyber security maturity models

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is a US initiative lead by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition within the Department of Defense (DoD). It imposes requirements on DOD contractors and subcontractors to help safeguard information within the US Defense supply chain. This post is the second in a series where we analyse the CMMC and look at how you might achieve compliance or use it as a basis of your own information security programme.  You can read the first post that gives an overview of CMMC, here.

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2020: A year for regulatory compliance?

Cyber security and regulatory compliance are frequent bedfellows.  If compliance standards aren’t specifically driving security adoption, they are affecting wider areas, such as GDPR and privacy, which significantly impacts on security.

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Cyber security audit challenges in 2020

The importance of accurately identifying and communicating a business’s risk exposure has never been more critical.  This is particularly true for  audit and security managers who undertake cyber security audits.   

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What is an Integrated Risk Management solution?

Security risks are prevalent in most organisations, yet the consistent management of all technical, process and personnel-related security problems can be difficult as multiple teams are often identifying and mitigating them. In a bid to address this, many organisations are now fusing their risks management technologies and approaches into one Integrated Risk Management (IRM) solution comprising the platforms and processes needed to unify this critical business function.

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Cyber security compliance without tears

An increasing number of regulations and standards across many different industries are stipulating the cyber security controls that should be implemented by businesses and governments to protect their information. A recent collaboration between the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Bank of England (BofE) has seen them develop best practices for supervising cyber risk in banks and financial organisations. Standards are a great way to consistently explain the security target organisations should strive for, where they have a requirement to protect sensitive information like credit card numbers and personally identifying information.  However, the issues relating to achieving cyber security compliance almost put the targets out of reach.

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Cyber security audits and maturity model measurement

Australia’s Federal Government Attorney-General’s Department is taking a new approach to cyber security audits when assessing cybersecurity preparedness in government. Until recently, each department’s security controls were audited against the Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF), with adherence to controls recorded as either a yes or no answer.

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Scrub up – good security starts with cyber hygiene

Squeaky clean cyber hygiene has never been more important. Several Victorian hospitals in Australia were recently hit by a ransomware attack, causing many of their most important administrative systems to be shut down to prevent the malware from spreading. Included in those areas of the business affected by this attack were systems running their financial management, internet and email services, many of which have taken over a week to restore.

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