Why Compliance is a Roadmap to Security

October 24, 2023 | By Dale Hoak

In the realm of cybersecurity, compliance is often perceived as a necessary but sometimes challenging aspect of safeguarding data and systems. As we celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month, let’s delve into the evolving role of compliance in the cybersecurity landscape.

Compliance: A Roadmap to Security

Compliance doesn’t make you secure. Compliance gives you the questions for the test early. Then, automation provides you with the right answers to the questions. Compliance was meant to give people guidance, to be a roadmap to security. In many cases, compliance requirements directly address security issues. Compliance allows organizations to identify potential security gaps and vulnerabilities more proactively.

Compliance is not where fun was meant to die. Compliance should not be feared but embraced as a valuable tool for enhancing cybersecurity posture. Instead of viewing it as a regulatory burden, organizations should consider compliance as a resource to strengthen their security stance.

The Crucial Balance: Security and Compliance

It is crucial to strike a balance between security and compliance efforts. Security generally pertains to protecting systems, networks, and data from cyber threats. Meanwhile, compliance focuses on adherence to statutory, regulatory, and contractual obligations.

While some organizations may prioritize security operations over compliance, both aspects are equally crucial. Neglecting either aspect can have negative consequences. A security breach can lead to data loss, financial loss, and damaged reputation. Non-compliance can result in hefty fines, legal action, or loss of customer trust. A well-balanced approach ensures readiness to address evolving cybersecurity challenges effectively.

The Power of Automation in Compliance

One significant shift in recent years is the increasing utilization of automation in compliance and security. Automation not only streamlines the compliance process but also makes it more cost-effective and less prone to human error. For our customers, this translates to “continuous visibility.” It’s about integrating your security tech stack, updating the continuous controls monitoring platform, and facilitating a symbiotic relationship between data and workflow management to maintain real-time awareness of your security posture.

Balancing Compliance and Cost

Compliance can be expensive due to the financial investments required by regulations and government mandates. I encourage organizations to focus on risk management. By identifying and mitigating risks first and mapping those mitigating controls to compliance requirements, organizations can stay compliant with their obligations and save money in the process.

The Role of Thought Leaders and Entrepreneurs

The entrepreneurial spirit sometimes drives rapid product development at the expense of security. However, it’s important to incorporate security from the outset, fostering responsible innovation that guards against potential risks.

Transparency through Software Bill of Materials (SBOM)

Transparency through the Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) is vital to an organization. This practice involves listing all open-source code and packages used in an application’s construction, offering third-party validators and potential buyers the insight to understand the composition of a product, like knowing the components of a recipe.

There’s an intricate relationship between compliance, security, and risk management in today’s cybersecurity landscape. As we celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month, be reminded that compliance, when strategically approached alongside continuous visibility and risk assessment, significantly contributes to an organization’s cybersecurity resilience. It’s time for organizations to embrace compliance not as a burden but as a tool for strengthening their security posture in an ever-evolving digital world.

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