ComplianceForge Reference Model: Hierarchical Cybersecurity Governance Framework (HCGF)
The ComplianceForge Reference Model is commonly referred to as the Hierarchical Cybersecurity Governance Framework™ (HCGF). This reference model is designed to encourage clear communication by clearly defining cybersecurity and privacy documentation components and how those are linked. This comprehensive view identifies the primary documentation components that are necessary to demonstrate evidence of due diligence and due care. The HCGF addresses the inter-connectivity of policies, control objectives, standards, guidelines, controls, risks, procedures & metrics.
The Secure Controls Framework (SCF) fits into this model by providing the necessary cybersecurity and privacy controls an organization needs to implement to stay both secure and compliant. ComplianceForge has simplified the concept of the hierarchical nature of cybersecurity and privacy documentation in the following diagram to demonstrate the unique nature of these components, as well as the dependencies that exist: