Cybersecurity & Privacy Documentation - Editable, Scalable & Affordable
While policies and standards are designed to describe WHY something is required and WHAT needs to be done, many companies fail to create documentation to address HOW the policies and standards are actually implemented. When you "peel back the onion" and want to build an audit-ready cybersecurity and privacy program, there is a need to address "the how" for certain topics, such as vulnerability management, risk management, vendor management and incident response. We did the heavy lifting and created several program-level documents to address this need!
Written Information Security Documentation Starts with Policies & Standards Based on Industry-Recognized Best Practices
A single negligent breach can close your business forever, because your liability insurance may not cover professional negligence if you are unable to provide evidence that you took reasonable steps to prevent a breach or other cybersecurity-related incident. Without the ability to prove steps were taken to ensure due care and due diligence were applied to your business operations, you may be considered negligent in a lawsuit and be fully exposed to fines, penalties and damages.
This is where ComplianceForge can help, since we have the information security solutions that your company needs to be able to prove evidence of due care and due diligence with industry-accepted best practices for IT security. From IT security policies, to risk assessments, to vendor management solutions, we can help you keep your company secure!
We offer a wide-assortment of cybersecurity policies, standards, procedures and more, since we understand that businesses have unique needs that cannot be met by just one product. While companies want to align with a single cybersecurity framework such as NIST 800-53, ISO 27002 or NIST Cybersecurity Framework, it is getting much more common for companies to have to juggle multiple frameworks and that requires scalable documentation.
We Know How To Write Cybersecurity & Privacy Documentation - Scalable, Comprehensive & Efficient
We leverage the Hierarchical Cybersecurity Governance Framework to take a comprehensive view towards the necessary documentation components that are key to being able to demonstrate evidence of due diligence and due care. This framework addresses the interconnectivity of policies, control objectives, standards, guidelines, controls, risks, procedures & metrics. This approach works well with any cybersecurity framework to help any organization, regardless of industry, to get and stay both secure and compliant.
ComplianceForge has simplified the concept of the hierarchical nature of cybersecurity and privacy documentation in the following downloadable diagram that demonstrates the unique nature of each documentation component that is expected to exist as part of a cybersecurity and privacy program. You can click on the image below to better understand how we write our documentation to link from policies all the way down to metrics.
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Our documentation is meant to address your requirements from strategic concepts all the way down to day-to-day deliverables you need to demonstrate compliance with common statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations.
Give us a call or send us an email - we are happy to help you find the right solution for your needs!
Procedures Operationalize Policies & Standards - This Is A Key Concept To Being Both Secure & Compliant
We leverage the Operationalizing Cybersecurity Planning Model in creating a practical view towards implementing cybersecurity requirements. Organizations are often not at a loss for a set of policies, but executing those requirements often fall short due to several reasons. Standardized Operating Procedures (SOPs) are where the rubber meets the road for Individual Contributors (ICs), since these key players need to know (1) how they fit into day-to-day operations, (2) what their priorities are and (3) what is expected from them in their duties. When looking at it from an auditability perspective, the evidence of due diligence and due care should match what the organization's cybersecurity business plan is attempting to achieve.
The central focus of any procedures should be a Capability Maturity Model (CMM) target that provides quantifiable expectations for People, Processes and Technologies (PPT), since this helps prevent a “moving target” by establishing an attainable expectation for “what right looks like” in terms of PPT. Generally, cybersecurity business plans take a phased, multi-year approach to meet these CMM-based cybersecurity objectives. Those objectives, in conjunction with the business plan, demonstrate evidence of due diligence on behalf of the CISO and his/her leadership team. The objectives prioritize the organization’s service catalog through influencing procedures at the IC-level for how PPT are implemented at the tactical level. SOPs not only direct the workflow of staff personnel, but the output from those procedures provides evidence of due care.
The diagram below helps show the critical nature of documented cybersecurity procedures in keeping an organization both secure and compliant:
Policies, Standards, Function-Specific Guidance & Procedures - How Our Products Support Each Other
The following diagram helps demonstrate the layered nature of cybersecurity documentation. Policies & standards set the stage for teams/departments to create and implement programs that are function-specific.
- A policy on risk will define management's intent to manage risk (RA section of NIST 800-53);
- One of the standards supporting the risk policy might require an annual risk assessment (RA-3);
- Products such as the Risk Management Program (RMP) provide the middle-ground between the policy/standard and the actual deliverable risk assessment to provide risk-specific guidance on concepts such as acceptable risk, the methodology of risk management the organization aligns to, who within the organization can sign off on various levels of risk, etc.
If you would like to know more about how this works, please contact us and we'd be happy to further explain how our documentation links together to create comprehensive, linked cybersecurity and privacy documentation.