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Governance, Risk, and Compliance

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Security Governance

"Security governance is the set of responsibilities and practices exercised by the board and executive management with the goal of providing strategic direction, ensuring that objectives are achieved, ascertaining that risks are managed appropriately and verifying that the enterprise's resources are used responsibly." — IT Governance Institute in its Board Briefing on IT Governance, 2nd edition

This definition is correct, but security governance remains at a high level that is difficult to understand and implement. This definition is more like a strategic policy statement, and the real skill is to properly interpret and transform it into meaningful tactical and operational functions and practices.

Most companies today are struggling with implementing a holistic security program that can be measured, governed, and properly controlled. The first step is to implement a structure program and rollout metrics that makes sense to that specific environment. The security department has to understand how to govern itself, then roll security out to the business units, and finally allow senior management and the board members to govern the portions they are responsible for. Many companies, security professionals, and security consulting companies are struggling with how to do these steps correctly in a useful manner.

Don’t try and reinvent the wheel on your own and waste time and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Bring in the professionals who understand how security is supposed to be developed and governed and get it right the first time!

Risk Management

Although many people in the information security industry use the word "risk," few have a true understanding of its definition and how it relates to the business world.

The crux of risk management is that a company has an infinite amount of vulnerabilities but a finite amount of resources available to deal with them. Therefore, the vulnerabilities that can cause the company the most harm must be dealt with first. Risk management is a science and an art that ensures that a company takes on only as much risk as it can handle and no more. This balance is much more difficult to achieve than most people are aware of.

Many organizations today do not carry out standardized risk assessments or have an effective formalized risk management program. Without these items in place, an organization can never fully understand its security risk levels, security posture, if current security spending makes sense, or how to improve and excel. Risk management is critical to every organization but complicated to develop in an effective manner.

Logical Security can develop and implement a Risk Management Program that meets your organization’s security and regulatory needs and integrate it into your current security program and business processes.

Read Shon Harris's Risk Management and Security Metrics 5 Part Article

Compliance

Most organizations must comply with one or more regulations, and understanding all of them can be an overwhelming and frustrating endeavor. The reality is that even more regulations that companies need to be compliant with are coming down the legislative pipe, which will only add to the confusion.

Logical Security has mapped US and many foreign regulations to control objectives. But providing control objectives is not enough. We have also developed step-by-step methods on how to integrate security into the current business processes. Security needs to be integrated into the operational, tactical, and strategic levels of every organization. Most companies do not understand how to map regulatory requirements, control objectives, technical requirements, and business requirements together into one holistic security program, but this is what Logical Security excels at.

The Logical Security team has developed tested methods of moving these methods and mappings from theory to practice. We are successful because we educate and integrate security at each level of the organization. Each level is different, with different goals, perspectives, and even terminology. Holistic security cannot be accomplished unless it is interwoven throughout the organization in an understandable manner.

Vulnerability Management

An efficient vulnerability management process cannot be implemented without a solid foundation of essential resources, mechanisms, expectations, and security policies.

  • Do you understand all of your organization's vulnerabilities?
  • Have you rolled out an effective event correlation program?
  • Has your company implemented an incident response team?
  • How do you determine where to focus your limited resources?
  • Have you carried out an impact analysis to understand what your critical assets are?
  • Are your assets classified based on their corresponding business impact?
  • Is your asset classification mapped to your patch management program?
  • Are you sure that all doorways in and out of your environment are being monitored?

If you don't know the answers, you're not efficiently managing vulnerabilities; you're simply trying to plug holes as they appear. Without a solid foundation, you're doomed to work in a reactive mode, with no way to validate budgets or measure performance, effectiveness, or exposure to threats and risk.

Allow our consultants to work with your organization and implement a solid vulnerability management program today! In today's environment, the lack of a solid vulnerability management program cannot only put your company at risk, bu it can also put it out of business all together.

Perhaps you have a vulnerability management program in place but need a third party you can trust to conduct a penetration test. The consultants at Logical Security understand the ramifications of penetration testing and can help you minimize any losses in productivity. We thoroughly test your systems, applications, or network for vulnerabilities that put your organization at risk. At the end of our test we provide you with a detailed report that includes a prioritized list of weaknesses and remediation recommendations, which we can also help you implement.

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