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The Proactive CISO’s Guide to CCoP 2.0 Regulations

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‘A lot more is now required.’ 

 

That’s how I’ll summarize the huge lift in requirements in version two of the Cybersecurity Code of Practice (CCoP 2.0) Regulations. Per KPMG’s assessments, to become compliant, clauses companies must now adhere to jumped 116%, from 102 to a whopping 220: 

 

 Per KPMG’s assessments, to become compliant, clauses companies must now adhere to jumped 116%, from 102 to a whopping 220

 

This increase leaves you, a CISO or company executive charged with leading your team’s compliance efforts, with much more to do. It’s also crucial to note that, after CCoP 2.0 went into effect in July 2022, Singapore’s CyberSecurity Act (CSA) allowed a grace period of just twelve (12) months. The implication of this is that you need some urgency to avoid the hammer. 

 

But, first, why so many new security clauses? 

 

Lionel Seaw succinctly answered that: 

 

Lionel Seaw - Quote

 

Who Is CCoP 2.0 Compliance For?

 

There are two ways to answer this one. 

 

The first are the organizations in sectors explicitly spelled out by the CSA. Per their official statement, Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) of companies in designated sectors responsible for essential services in Singapore must comply. 

 

They include: 

  • Government
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Banking and Finance
  • Transport (Land, Maritime, and Aviation)
  • Media
  • Infocomm, and
  • Security and Energy Services

 

Your company may not be in these sectors. 

 

Regardless, if your organization works with businesses in those sectors, you also need to comply. This is because of the second way the CSA states who CCoP 2.0 is applicable to:

 

CSA.gov

 

Based on this, I’d do two things with this guide: 

 

  1. Explore key CCoP 2.0 compliance requirements, and 
  2. Show how Cyber Sierra’s smart enterprise compliance management suite helps to automate their implementations. 

 

Before that:

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Key CCoP 2.0 Requirements for CII

 

As earlier mentioned, across its eleven (11) requirement sections, there are about 220 auditable security clauses in CCoP 2.0. 

 

As shown below: 

 

Number of Clauses - CCOP v 2.0.

 

Protection, Governance, Detection, Operational Technology (OT) Security, Response & Recovery, Cyber Resilience, and Cybersecurity Training & Awareness. These seven requirements all have over half a dozen security clauses. At face value, it may seem like the key requirements for complying with CCoP 2.0 CII revolve around these.

 

While they do to some extent, the bulk of what’s needed in the clauses under these requirements comes down to creating policy documents. Companies can work with compliance consultants to get these done. Where you want to channel your efforts is on ensuring that your CII systems are actually secured from cyber threats. 

 

Achieving that goes beyond creating policy documents. You need a way to automate processes for governing, detecting, and training employees on ways to remediate cyber threats and vulnerabilities. 

 

And that’s where Cyber Sierra helps. 

 

Our platform enables you to coordinate your entire team and manage multiple compliance audits from one place. For instance, Speedoc, a Singaporean-based tech company, relies on Cyber Sierra for this: 

 

For instance, Speedoc, a Singaporean-based tech company, relies on Cyber Sierra for this

 

How to Automate CCoP 2.0 Compliance Audit

 

The CSA applied five design principles in drafting CCoP 2.0. These principles are important because they provide the guardrails to successfully prepare for CCoP 2.0 compliance audit. 

 

They are illustrated here:

 

CSA’s Design Principles in drafting the CCOP v 2.0

 

Cumulatively, these principles give organizations the flexibility to focus on CCoP 2.0 requirements they deem necessary. With that in mind, the steps below summarizes how Cyber Sierra automates vital requirements involved in crushing a CCoP compliance audit. 

 

Governance

 

CSA.gov. CCoP 2.0 Official Documentation

 

This requirement essentially mandates having qualified employees assigned to the right roles and working collaboratively to: 

 

  • Provide cybersecurity leadership and oversight
  • Handle cybersecurity change management
  • Create policies, standards, and guidelines
  • Perform periodic internal compliance audits
  • Select necessary cloud security requirements
  • Implement vendor risk management framework. 

 

Cyber Sierra makes doing all these easier. With our platform, you can add all employees on your Governance team, assign responsibilities, and work collaboratively from one place:

 

Cyber Sierra makes doing all these easier. With our platform, you can add all employees on your Governance team, assign responsibilities, and work collaboratively from one place

 

Protection

 

Protection- CSA.gov. CCoP 2.0 Official Documentation

 

Protection is the CCoP 2.0 requirement with the most number of security clauses. Clauses under this requirement primarily force organizations to protect their CII from unauthorized access. 

 

Twelve crucial clauses covered includes: 

 

  • Privilege access management
  • Access control
  • Patch management
  • System hardening
  • Database security
  • Penetration testing
  • Network segmentation
  • Windows domain controller
  • Cryptography key management
  • Network segmentation
  • Application security, and
  • Vulnerability management. 

 

To meet CCoP 2.0’s Protection requirements, having a solid process for detecting threats is an important step. This is because in Clause 5.14.2, the Code states:

 

CSA.gov. CCoP 2.0 Clause 5.14.2

 

To achieve this, you need to automate detecting where threats and vulnerabilities are coming and get insights for remediating them. 

 

And that’s the next vital requirement. 

 

Detection

 

Detection - CSA.gov. CCoP 2.0 Official Documentation

 

This requirement can be summarized to one thing: Your organization should have technology for enacting cybersecurity controls that helps your security team streamline processes involved in: 

 

  • Cyber threat intelligence
  • Continuous controls’ monitoring
  • Cybersecurity log management, and
  • Threat hunting. 

 

Cyber Sierra’s Risk Dashboard automates all that: 

 

Cyber Sierra’s Risk Dashboard automates

 

As shown, this feature enables your team to filter and scan Critical Information Infrastructure assets continuously. Besides detecting and identifying cyber threats and vulnerabilities that could affect your CII from this, you also get a dashboard with real-time reports needed for compliance audits. On the same dashboard, your team can manage and get factual insights for resolving vulnerabilities. 

 

Cybersecurity Training & Awareness

 

Cybersecurity Training & Awareness - CSA.gov. CCoP 2.0 Official Documentation

 

Clauses under this requirement can be split into two parts: 

 

  • Cybersecurity awareness programme, and
  • Cybersecurity training and skills. 

 

Both may sound like the same thing, but they are not. One is about keeping employees aware of existing and emerging cybersecurity attack types. The other is concerned with equipping them with the skills needed to counter threats and effect cybersecurity responsibilities. 

 

To comply with both, in 9.1.3, the CCoP 2.0 mandates that:

 

 One is about keeping employees aware of existing and emerging cybersecurity attack types. The other is concerned with equipping them with the skills needed to counter threats and effect cybersecurity responsibilities.

 

Cyber Sierra helps you automate this. Our Employee Awareness suite gives you a single pane to: 

 

  1. Launch and manage employee awareness and training programs
  2. Monitor and nudge employees to complete programs, so everyone is always ready for CCoP 2.0 compliance audits:

 

Our Employee Awareness suite gives you a single pane

 

Staying Compliant with CCoP 2.0 Regulations

 

Achieving CCoP 2.0 compliance is flexible. 

 

As the guiding principles used in creating its draft revealed, organizations are free to choose and only comply with CII requirements that are applicable to them. But once those initial requirements have been chosen and their corresponding security controls defined, staying compliant can’t be treated flexibly. 

 

The CSA mandates organizations to implement a continuous cycle of security assessments to enable swift responses to cybersecurity incidents. This was hammered in clause 13.21 of their official documentation of responses to feedback on CCoP 2.0 compliance:

 

CSA.gov-Response-to-CCoP-2.0-Feedback-Clause

 

In other words, you should monitor the cybersecurity controls defined in your CCoP 2.0 compliance continuously to stay compliant. Cyber Sierra’s Governance suite enables that. 

 

Organizations leverage it to: 

 

  1. Monitor CCoP 2.0 compliance control breaks continuously 
  2. Get practical remediation insights 
  3. Assign and remediate risks with teammates collaboratively. 

 

Here’s a peek: 

 

the cybersecurity controls defined in your CCoP 2.0 compliance continuously to stay compliant

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The Proactive CISO’s Guide to MAS TRM Guidelines

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Where there’s sugar, expect unwanted ants. 

 

That has proven true in Singapore. As the country grows into a world-renowned tech hub, it has become a sweet spot for innovative startups and enterprises. So has it for unwanted bad actors. 

 

So much that, in 2022 alone, Singaporean financial institutions (FIs) spent a whopping US$5.7 billion fighting cybercrime and meeting regulations. In one massive phishing attack, for instance, Singapore’s OCBC Bank and its customers lost over US$10.8 million

 

With no end to such cyberattacks in sight, more stringent cybersecurity compliance measures were needed. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) rightly stepped up to update its Technology Risk Management (TRM) Guidelines. 

 

Updating the MAS TRM Guidelines was Necessary

 

The updated MAS TRM Guidelines adds another item to the already loaded to-dos of CISOs of banks and financial institutions (FIs). But given that cybercrime is getting worse, becoming (and staying) compliant is necessary to help your team achieve cyber resilience.

 

According to the regulatory body:

 

MAS TRM - techniques used

 

In other words, threat actors are now more sophisticated. The dire situation means MAS TRM Guidelines helps banks, FIs, and all enterprises working with them to:

 

  1. Understand their company’s exposure to technology risks.
  2. Ensure IT and cyber resilience by erecting robust risk management frameworks across their company’s operations. 

 

But achieving both can be overwhelming. 

 

What’s even more troubling is the fact that to remain compliant with Singapore’s MAS TRM Guidelines, companies are required to monitor cybersecurity controls continuously. For this, you need a smart enterprise compliance automation suite that automates mundane steps involved.

 

That’s where a platform like Cyber Sierra comes in.

 

And in this piece, you’ll see how it automates the process of becoming (and staying) compliant with MAS TRM Guidelines. 

 

Before we dive in…

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Becoming (and Staying) Compliant with MAS TRM Guidelines

 

The updated MAS TRM Guidelines has fifteen sections

 

  1. Preface
  2. Application of MAS TRM Guidelines
  3. Technology Risk Governance and Oversight
  4. Technology Risk Management Framework
  5. IT Project Management and Security-by-Design
  6. Software Application Development and Management
  7. IT Service Management
  8. IT Resilience
  9. Access Control
  10. Cryptography
  11. Data and Infrastructure Security
  12.  Cyber Security Operations
  13.  Cyber Security Assessment
  14.  Online Financial Services
  15.  IT Audit

 

The first and second sections provide an overview of the MAS TRM Guidelines. After that, each section from 3–15 has subsections outlining best practices organizations should follow to become and stay compliant. But as illustrated below, after reviewing all these sections and subsections, we grouped them into three critical areas: 

 

  • Risk governance and oversight
  • Third-party risk management (TPRM) 
  • Data and operational security management. 

 

The updated MAS TRM Guidelines

 

Risk Governance and Oversight

 

Sections under this area of the MAS TRM Guidelines outline the personnel and frameworks needed to ensure that a technology risk management strategy is established and implemented. The emphasis is first on having a more extensive list of roles appointed into your organization’s board of directors and senior management. 

 

The regulatory body notes:

 

MAS TRM - In-content highlight

 

The importance of these roles can’t be overstretched. 

 

Their combined expertise is needed to oversee the creation and implementation of technology risk management and IT project management frameworks, respectively. Once these personnels have been appointed, it’s best to have them working collaboratively. 

 

That’s where an interoperable cybersecurity platform like Cyber Sierra comes in. Our platform gives you a central place to work collaboratively and implement the needed security frameworks: 

 

Our platform gives you a central place to work collaboratively and implement the needed security frameworks

 

As shown, you can add appointed executives for more streamlined collaboration based on their roles. This automatically gives them role-based access controls for overseeing: 

 

  • The implementation of technology risk management strategy
  • The erection of a third-party risk management framework
  • The continuous assessment, management, and remediation of threats and risk necessary to remain compliant.

 

One benefit of having them collaborate from a streamlined platform like Cyber Sierra is that besides the ease of assigning policies and security controls to them, they’ll work together from a single pane. 

 

More on that as we proceed. 

 

Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM)

 

Sections 6–10 of the MAS TRM Guidelines, if you look closely, have a lot to do with 3rd party vendor risks. This is probably why the most recent update focuses mainly on third-party risk management. According to the regulatory body, this renewed focus is because:

 

MAS-TRM - scope and nature

 

By this recommendation, assessing risks from 3rd-parties should be prioritized. To do this effectively, it’s best to start by categorizing vendors based on their access to your organization’s sensitive data. 

As illustrated below: 

 

How to Categorize Third-Party Vendors

 

Once you’ve categorized vendors, the next step is to create, customize, and send security assessment questionnaires based on that categorization. Cyber Sierra automates this process. 

 

Our platform has globally-recognized vendor risk assessment templates, such as NIST and ISO. Your team can customize them to suit regional requirements for compliance programs like MAS TRM. You can also add and use your own risk assessment templates:

 

The steps are streamlined into: 

 

  1. Choosing an appropriate assessment template
  2. Customizing it by selecting and editing questions needed to assess a particular third-party vendor
  3. Assigning reviewer(s) with different role-based access control in a few clicks, and 
  4. Providing details of the third-party vendor such as where they are located or the assessee type they are:

 

Your team can customize them to suit regional requirements for compliance programs like MAS TRM. You can also add and use your own risk assessment templates

 

Through these steps, especially the 4th step, our platform enforces the categorization of 3rd-party vendors, right from sending out security assessment questionnaires. And by automating the entire process from one place, your organization can assess third-party risks and monitor their security postures in real-time. 

 

That was the case for a global bank using Cyber Sierra

 

global bank in singapore

 

Read their success story here. 

 

Data and Operational Security Management 

 

The last five sections of MAS TRM Guidelines deal with how organizations manage and secure data in their daily operations. Due to the dynamism involved in managing sensitive data, achieving compliance to requirements outlined in these sections calls for continuous monitoring of cybersecurity controls. 

 

That is, your security team should: 

 

  • Continuously monitor and analyze cyber events
  • Promptly detect and respond to cyber incidents. 

 

The regulatory body recommends that:

 

MAS TRM - In-content highlight design-3

 

Here’s why this recommendation is vital.

 

It allows enterprises to identify any changes in a provider’s risk profile over time rather than just at preset intervals, shifting from periodic risk assessments to continuous intelligence.

 

For instance, your organization outsources technology services to cloud providers like AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and others. Based on the MAS TRM’s official statement, your security team should automatically, through continuous monitoring, test controls and configurations in those environments. This removes the need for manual checks and provides assurance on cloud-based controls.

 

Cyber Sierra automates this process: 

 

identify any changes in a provider’s risk profile over time rather than just at preset intervals, shifting from periodic risk assessments to continuous intelligence

 

As shown, in one dashboard, your team can: 

 

  1. Continuously monitor and detect MAS TRM control breaks and their corresponding vulnerabilities.
  2. View details of vulnerabilities related to a control break
  3. Get actionable tips for remediating threats, and
  4. Assign remediation to qualified teammates.

 

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The Consequence of MAS TRM Noncompliance

 

Brand reputation damage and, of course, fines. 

 

Those are the major consequences of violating MAS TRM Guidelines. Specific to fines, this report noted that the penalty per breach of a TRM requirement can exceed S$1 million. But it doesn’t end there. Multiple breaches of the MAS TRM requirements can result in a multi-million dollar fine for an organization. 

 

This was demonstrated by MAS’s 2023 report of penalized financial institutions. DBS Bank was among those penalized. They were fined a whopping S$2.6 million for violations and noncompliance failures committed between July 2015 and February 2020. 

 

Their case revealed that your organization can still be penalized several years after for noncompliance failures committed today. This necessitates the need to prioritize becoming (and staying) compliant to MAS TRM Guidelines today. 

 

Ease through Singapore’s MAS TRM Guidelines

 

MAS TRM Guidelines has 15 sections. 

 

Under each section, there are dozens of subsections of requirements organizations must adhere to become compliant. Along with these, their corresponding security controls that must be implemented. To ease the process, it is better to leverage a platform that automates most processes involved: 

 

 

To ease the process, it is better to leverage a platform that automates most processes involved:

 

Our platform has the MAS TRM program built-in. 

 

This means, in a few clicks, you can invite your team and work collaboratively to become (and stay) MAS TRM-compliant, while automating various tasks involved from one place. 

 

Our platform has the MAS TRM program built-in. 

 

This means, in a few clicks, you can invite your team and work collaboratively to become (and stay) MAS TRM-compliant, while automating various tasks involved from one place.

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Examples of using cybersecurity continuous controls monitoring (CCM) for enterprises revolve around three core areas: 

  1. Compliance automation
  2. Cyber threats’ remediation
  3. Vendor risk management. 

 

Across these core areas, lots of activities go into implementing an effective cybersecurity CCM program. This piece will discuss examples in these areas. You’ll also see how enterprise security teams simplify implementation processes with a cybersecurity CCM tool.

 

Before we get to those…

 

Why Is Cybersecurity Continuous Monitoring Important?

 

Two main reasons: 

  1. You get real-time visibility into your company’s internal controls and cybersecurity infrastructure for taking timely security actions. 
  2. It increases your security team’s productivity.

 

Gartner’s research corroborates: 

 

Gartner’s research corroborates

 

Beyond its importance, if implemented properly, the benefits of CCM are enormous. Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and enterprise tech execs leverage it to unlock benefits such as:

  • Enhanced visibility  
  • Early threat detection
  • Proactive incident response
  • Continuous compliance, and
  • More effective risk management:

 

Benefits of CCM

 

But there’s a caveat. 

 

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to attain these benefits without properly implementing cybersecurity CCM. And that’s because continuous controls monitoring has a whopping seven (7) lifecycle implementation phases: 

 

seven (7) lifecycle implementation phases:

 

If you’re just getting started, knowing this is crucial before trying to replicate examples. To help you, we created this cybersecurity CCM checklist relied on by enterprise CISOs and tech execs.

 

Grab a free copy below. It’d help your security team implement CCM properly, as you aim to replicate the examples that follow: 

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Enterprise Examples of Continuous Control Monitoring

 

Gartner notes that:

 

The highlight above brings us to the first example (and prominent use case) of continuous control monitoring in cybersecurity: 

 

1. Compliance Automation 

 

There are numerous privacy laws and regulatory frameworks enterprise orgs must be compliant with today. From global programs such as SOC 2, GDPR, ISO 27001, to local ones like CCPA in California or Singapore’s Cyber Essentials Mark, the list goes on. 

 

Here’s the most challenging part. 

 

Each of these frameworks, whether global or local, has dozens of mandatory security controls. Ensuring each control is working as required by policy, as Gartner notes, is the only way a company remains compliant. And to achieve this, automating the entire compliance processes across all programs is necessary. 

 

That’s a perfect example (and use case) of continuous, automated monitoring of compliance controls. With a pure-play cybersecurity CCM platform, enterprise security teams are able to manage multiple security controls and compliance audits smoothly. 

 

Take the team at Speedoc: 

 

James Yeo - quote

 

Read the example (and use case) of Speedoc here

 

2. Cyber Threats’ Remediation

 

Cyber threats could be external, from hackers looking for misconfiguration to exploit in your IT systems. It could also be internal, from your employees leaving vulnerabilities through which cyber thieves can exploit and steal critical data. 

 

As a result, there’s a need to have a comprehensive overview of your IT, network, and cloud assets. Specifically, you want to continuously find and fix misconfigurations or user behaviors that could lead to data breaches. Doing both simultaneously is how your security team can better secure company and users’ information. This is another example (and critical use case) of a cybersecurity CCM platform. 

 

Speedoc leans on Cyber Sierra for this, too:

 

James Yeo - case study

 

3. Vendor Risk Management

 

Vendors will go the extra mile, checking off all security requirements to win a company’s business. But don’t trust them to consistently secure company data once they become part of your company’s 3rd party ecosystem. 

 

This makes ongoing vendor assessments a vital example (and use case) of cybersecurity continuous control monitoring. Using a CCM platform with vendor risk management capabilities, enterprises monitor vendors’ security posture in real-time. 

 

Consider this global bank using Cyber Sierra: 

 

global singapore bank quote

 

More on this example (and use case) here

 

Automating Cybersecurity Continuous Monitoring Activities In One Platform

 

Done separately, each example of using cybersecurity continuous control monitoring comes with loads of activities. But with an interoperable cybersecurity CCM platform, activities related to monitoring of controls can be automated from one place. This saves your security team more time to focus on more strategic endeavors of securing the company. 

 

Say you wanted to instill automation in your enterprise compliance management and continuously monitor controls. With Cyber Sierra, you get access to all the popular compliance programs, along with each one’s mandatory policies (1) and security controls (2): 

 

Governance - Policies

 

It doesn’t end there.

 

Our platform even automates the process of continuously monitoring security controls of all implemented compliance programs. This enables your compliance team to get notified whenever there are control breaks.

 

Here’s a peek:

 

enterprise compliance management

 

As shown, activities this streamlines in one view include: 

  1. Monitoring control breaks of all compliance programs
  2. Viewing details of each control break
  3. Getting tips for remediating each control break, or
  4. Assigning remediation members of your security team. 

 

CCM activities related to cyber threats’ remediation and vendor risk management also need to be automated. And with Cyber Sierra, your security team can monitor a range of controls from the same place. 

 

Take cyber threats’ remediation. 

 

Our platform lets you integrate and connect all IT, network, and cloud assets used across your organization. Once integrated, it continuously monitor and pulls data into a Risk Register, where misconfigurations and user behaviors that could cause breaches are flagged in real-time:

 

Our platform lets you integrate and connect all IT, network, and cloud assets used across your organization. Once integrated, it continuously monitor and pulls data into a Risk Register, where misconfigurations and user behaviors that could cause breaches are flagged in real-time:

 

Once integrated, it continuously monitor and pulls data into a Risk Register, where misconfigurations and user behaviors that could cause breaches are flagged in real-time

 

In this view, our Risk Register detected a vulnerable control break (3) by a user (2) of the GSuite cloud asset (1) automatically. 

 

Last but not least are continuous control monitoring activities for third-party risk management. Identifying and mitigating vendor risks can be a handful, as your team must analyze, assess, and monitor 3rd parties’ security postures in real-time. This is why we built Cyber Sierra to enable enterprise security teams to do it all in one place. 

 

Our platform’s TPRM capability automatically and continuously assesses evidence of security controls uploaded by vendors. It is also intelligent enough to flag vendors whose evidence fail verification: 

 

Our platform’s TPRM capability automatically and continuously assesses evidence of security controls uploaded by vendors

 

Automate Continuous Monitoring Activities

 

The activities involved in cybersecurity continuous control monitoring can be daunting, especially if tackled manually or from different tools. But by automating them from a single platform, enterprises can constantly monitor and get full visibility needed for the proper implementation of security controls. 

 

That’s a reason executives at enterprise tech companies rely on a pure-play cybersecurity CCM platform like Cyber Sierra. One example is Aditya Anand, the CTO of Hybr1d. Their security team monitors and gets full visibility of security controls with our platform. 

 

In Anand’s own words:

 

Anand Quote - Hybrid

 

Hybr1d demonstrates that the many activities of cybersecurity CCM can be automated with an interoperable platform like Cyber Sierra. 

 

Your team can achieve the same:

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Different Cybersecurity Controls and How to Implement Them

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The frequency at which cybercriminals are launching new —and more sophisticated— attacks will only increase. To buttress, imagine it takes you 5–7 mins to skim this article. In that short time, hackers would’ve targeted the cybersecurity infrastructures of over 33 enterprises. 

 

And that’s by 2021 estimates:

 

hackers would’ve targeted the cybersecurity infrastructures of over 33 enterprises

 

As the predictions reveal, by 2031, enterprise organizations would be cyberattacked every two seconds. Given this alarming frequency, how can enterprise security teams identify, investigate, and counter-attacks at the pace of cyber thieves?

 

Joseph MacMillan; CISSP, CCSP, CISA, gave a clue

 

Joseph MacMillan - Quote

 

I wrote this article to help proactive CISOs and Enterprise Security Leaders like you heed this crucial advice. We’d evaluate cybersecurity control types and go through how your security team can implement the right ones with Cyber Sierra. 

 

But first: 

 

What are Cybersecurity Controls? 

 

Cybersecurity controls are measures used by security teams to detect, prevent, and remediate cyber threats. Creating, implementing, and enforcing them ensures the cybersecurity CIA triad —confidentiality, integrity, and availability)— of your company’s IT assets:

 

the cybersecurity CIA triad —confidentiality, integrity, and availability)— of your company’s IT assets

 

As illustrated, without the proper controls, achieving the cybersecurity CIA triad is difficult, if not impossible. The rise of cybersecurity continuous control monitoring (CCM) is as a result of this. Today, enterprises mustn’t just strive to have the right cybersecurity controls, but you must monitor them continuously to always ensure proper implementation. 

 

So for the rest of this article, we’d: 

  1. Evaluate types of cybersecurity controls
  2. Go through how to implement and monitor them. 

 

Before that: 

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Types of Cybersecurity Controls for Enterprises

 

All cybersecurity controls revolve around four essentials: People, technology, processes, and strategy. This means you must: 

 

  1. Have the right people on your security team 
  2. Empower them with the right technology 
  3. Institute the right security processes, and 
  4. Have a strategy that tracks the right security metrics. 

 

Across the four essentials outlined above, all control types can be categorized under the core pillars of cybersecurity: 

 

  • Governance and compliance
  • Cyber threat remediation
  • Vendor risk management 

 

Governance and compliance controls 

 

Continuously meeting all industry and government regulations is now a prerequisite for gaining customers’ and investors’ trust. To this end, having the required governance and compliance controls does two crucial things for your enterprise organization: 

 

  • They help you achieve compliance for highly-sought standards like SOC 2, ISO 27001, GDPR, PCI DSS, and others. 
  • They also help your company continuously improve those controls to remain compliant as new changes emerge. 

 

But the challenge: How do you know the specific controls required for each compliance standard your company must attain? 

 

Each compliance program has dozens of policies, requiring multiple dozens of security controls to be in place. SOC 2, for instance, has 23 mandatory policies and over 96 cybersecurity controls. Creating, tracking, and implementing each can be a stretch, especially when you add those from other programs like ISO 27001, GDPR, and so on. 

 

But with Cyber Sierra, your security team gets a centralized view of all compliance program policies and their corresponding controls: 

 

But with Cyber Sierra, your security team gets a centralized view of all compliance program policies and their corresponding controls

 

From the view shown above, you can evaluate: 

 

  1. All the mandatory policies for all the compliance programs your company must become compliant with, and
  2. Each control required under every policy. 

 

Your security team can also implement these controls on the same pane with Cyber Sierra. This is why executives at enterprise companies trust the capabilities of our platform. 

 

Take Hemant Kumar of Aktivolabs

 

Hemant Kumar of Aktivolabs

 

More on Aktivolabs’ success story here. 

 

Cyber threats’ remediation controls

 

One of the ways cybercriminals exploit companies is through loopholes and vulnerabilities in their network and IT assets. To stay one step ahead, enterprise security teams must: 

 

  • Continuously scan their network and cloud assets for threats.
  • Implement controls for detecting and remediating them. 

 

With Cyber Sierra, your team can accomplish both. 

 

Our platform lets you integrate and connect all your network, Kubernetes, and cloud assets for continuous scanning. Through our Risk Register, you also get cybersecurity controls from vulnerabilities related to all scanned assets automatically implemented. This means your team can focus on identifying and remediating control breaks: 

 

Risk Register

 

As shown, Cyber Sierra’s Risk Register automatically detected a vulnerable control break (3) by a user (2) of the GSuite cloud asset (1). 

 

Vendor Risk Management Controls

 

Third-party vendors, while crucial to all enterprises’ operations, introduce lots of cybersecurity risks. According to Joseph Kelly, EY’s Third Party Risk Leader, enterprise security teams have no option than to find a way to deal with the risks they introduce: 

 

Joseph Kelly - Quote

 

To answer the question Joseph raised…

 

Have vendor risk management controls for identifying, managing, and mitigating vendor risks. Specifically, you must analyze, assess, and monitor 3rd parties’ security postures in real-time. Your team can achieve this with a platform that automatically assesses evidence of security controls defined by your company. Such a platform should also be intelligent enough to flag vendors who fail verification for immediate remediation. 

 

Cyber Sierra does both out of the box

 

Cyber Sierra does both out of the box

 

How to Ease Cybersecurity Controls’ Implementation

 

Using a centralized platform eases the implementation of all cybersecurity controls. The reason is that cybersecurity controls aren’t mutually exclusive. For instance, those required by compliance programs affect cyber threats’ remediation from cloud assets and third-party risk management. 

 

Research by EY confirmed this. 

 

Their study found that companies using a centralized platform performed vendor risk control assessments much faster

 

2023 EY Global Third-Party Risk Management Survey - In-content highlight design

 

Done with an automated, centralized platform like Cyber Sierra, enterprise companies can even do more. For instance, a global bank leveraging our platform was able to streamline their entire workflow. 

 

A snippet of their success story reads

 

a global bank in singapore

 

It doesn’t end there. 

 

Other cybersecurity controls are better implemented with a centralized, automated platform. Take the ongoing implementation of governance and compliance program controls. With a platform like Cyber Sierra, enterprise security teams get two benefits. 

 

First, all controls of compliance programs you need to become compliant with are auto-consolidated into a single dashboard:

 

all controls of compliance programs you need to become compliant with are auto-consolidated into a single dashboard

 

 

As shown, from this pane, you can: 

  1. See what programs a control is attached to
  2. View and update evidence of having that control
  3. Assign control implementation to team members
  4. Add new compliance program controls as they emerge. 

 

Second, after initial implementation, our platform automatically monitors and flags all control breaks for immediate remediation. 

 

Here’s a peek:  

 

after initial implementation, our platform automatically monitors and flags all control breaks for immediate remediation.

 

From here you can easily: 

 

  1. Monitor control breaks across all compliance programs
  2. View details of each control break
  3. Get action tips for remediating each control break, or
  4. Assign their remediation to anyone on your security team. 

 

Implement Cybersecurity Controls with Ease

 

A point worth re-stressing is that cybersecurity controls aren’t mutually exclusive. The controls you need for becoming and staying compliant to governance and compliance programs relate to your internal risk management controls. To this end, it makes sense to constantly implement and monitor all controls from a single platform. 

 

Aditya Anand shared how the security team at Hybr1d achieves both with Cyber Sierra’s intelligent, interoperable cybersecurity platform. 

 

In his words

 

Aditya Anand

 

Hybr1d shows that to easily implement and monitor cybersecurity controls, enterprise companies should consider using an automated, interoperable platform like Cyber Sierra.

 

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Cybersecurity Continuous Control Monitoring Process Steps Simplified for Enterprise CISOs

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Work-related stress has long been the bane of enterprise security execs, mainly chief information security officers (CISOs). For instance, in Nominet’s 2020 research, 90% of CISOs said work-related stress affected their wellbeing and personal lives. 

 

Years after, the situation isn’t getting better.

 

Threat actors are becoming more advanced by the day. As a result, securing a company’s IT assets, employees, IP, and so on, will only get harder. This has led to higher stress levels, as this recent study found: 

 

Cynet's 2023 CISO Stress Study

 

Realistically, you can’t wave a magic wand and remove all work-related stress. It is built into the fabric of leading an enterprise security team. However, you can drastically reduce it by simplifying the cybersecurity continuous control monitoring (CCM) process steps. 

 

That’s what we’re delving into today. But first, let’s establish…

 

What Enterprise Continuous Control Monitoring Process Is

 

A cybersecurity continuous control monitoring (CCM) process is a collective of the action steps taken to stay one level above cybercriminals. The whole idea is to achieve the golden rule: Prevention is better than cure. 

 

Says SANS Institute Director, John Davis:

 

John Davis - Quote

 

John couldn’t say it better. 

 

And that’s because with an effective CCM process: 

  • You can keep an ongoing watch on security controls across company assets with less stress. 
  • Your enterprise security team can remediate vulnerabilities before threat actors exploit them. 

 

To achieve these benefits, follow the steps discussed below. But if you’re new to this, I recommend you also get this cybersecurity continuous control monitoring checklist:

 

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The Enterprise Cybersecurity CCM Checklist

Enterprise security execs use this checklist to implement cybersecurity continuous monitoring (CCM).

Continuous Security Monitoring Process Steps

 

Four steps enable the cybersecurity CCM process: 

 

Four steps enable the cybersecurity CCM process:

 

1. Consolidate and Integrate Data from Tools

 

The first step towards achieving CCM is to integrate data from all tools prone to misconfigurations and vulnerabilities into a single platform. This includes critical cloud assets and business tools used across your organization:

 

Consolidate and Integrate Data from Tools

 

Integrating and connecting apps will enable your team to maintain an undated cloud asset inventory. Done with an intelligent, interoperable cybersecurity platform like Cyber Sierra, you get: 

  • Granular data segmentation of integrated assets.
  • Continuous monitoring of misconfigurations.

 

More on Cyber Sierra as we proceed. 

 

2. Establish Governance of Security Controls

 

All risk management compliance programs have security controls that must be in place for an organization to attain and remain compliant. This is true for SOC2, ISO27001, GDPR, and others. 

 

So establishing governance enables your team to know what security controls to prioritize and continuously monitor across programs. 

 

And doing this is easy with Cyber Sierra: 

 

Establish Governance of Security Controls

 

As shown, our intelligent cybersecurity platform automatically aggregates security controls from all implemented compliance programs into one view. From this holistic view, you can: 

  1. See programs a security control is attached to. 
  2. View evidences of having that control in place. 
  3. Assign critical controls to key members of your security team.
  4. Easily create and add new controls to your cybersecurity governance.  

 

3. Automate Vendor Risks’ Assessments

 

Third-party vendors can introduce risks that undermine your cybersecurity continuous control monitoring efforts. To buttress, research by Verizon revealed that

 

Worse, it can take up to 277 days for organizations to detect risks from 3rd-parties, according to IBM.

 

Worse, it can take up to 277 days for organizations to detect risks from 3rd-parties, according to IBM. One way to mitigate this as part of the cybersecurity continuous control monitoring process is to automate vendor risks’ assessments

 

Cyber Sierra enables your team to do this. For instance, our platform auto-assess evidence of security controls uploaded by 3rd-parties. It also consolidates everything into a single view, where your team can track evidence that failed verifications. 

 

Here’s a sneak peek:  

 

 our platform auto-assess evidence of security controls uploaded by 3rd-parties

 

4. Streamline Security Awareness Training

 

Employees across an entire organization form an important, if not the most important, component of all cybersecurity processes. And continuous control monitoring is no exception.

 

Ongoing security awareness training is therefore essential for educating employees on the steps outlined above. It is also crucial for equipping them on implementing the ever-changing CCM process. 

 

Kevin Turner corroborates

 

Kevin Turner - Quote

 

Cyber Sierra streamlines this in a way that makes sense for enterprise security execs. On the same platform, you can: 

  1. Launch new regular cybersecurity training 
  2. Monitor ongoing training to ensure employees complete them and stay informed on their responsibilities in achieving continuous control monitoring: 

 

Security Awareness Training

 

All through the four cybersecurity continuous control monitoring process steps, I showed how our platform helps. Consolidating multiple security tools on a single platform like Cyber Sierra reduces stress for CISOs and enterprise security execs. 

 

Cynet’s CISO Study confirmed this: 

 

Cynet’s CISO Study confirmed this: using multiple tools on a single platform can reduces the work stress

 

Using an enterprise cybersecurity CCM system such as Cyber Sierra has other benefits, apart from just reducing stress for CISOs. 

 

Before we get to those advantages:

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The Advantages of Enterprise Cybersecurity Continuous Control Monitoring System

 

According to Narendra Sahoo

 

Narendra Sahoo - Quote

 

Sahoo’s take highlights the first advantage of using a cybersecurity continuous control monitoring system like Cyber Sierra. 

 

1. Near Real-Time Risk Monitoring

 

Being a pure-play cybersecurity CCM platform, Cyber Sierra has built-in, enterprise-grade capabilities. For instance, the holistic ‘Controls Dashboard’ enable your enterprise security team to continuously monitor controls in near real-time by: 

  • Integrated cloud asset categories or asset types
  • Custom or standard compliance programs implemented:

 

Custom or standard compliance programs implemented

 

As shown, consolidating all security controls into this dashboard enables near real-time risk monitoring. You can also track controls assigned to teammates from the same pane, making it way easier to fix control breaks.

 

2. Seamless Risk Remediation 

 

An effective cybersecurity continuous control monitoring process should detect threats, control breaks, and promptly remediate them. Achieving this is seamless with Cyber Sierra. 

 

From all controls in your security governance, our platform automatically detects and pulls control breaks into a separate view: 

 

Seamless Risk Remediation

 

From this view, you can easily assign control breaks for prompt remediation and tracking. Another way Cyber Sierra enables seamless risk management and remediation is through its Risk Register. 

 

Enterprise security teams use it to continuously:

  1. Detect IT assets with misconfigurations and vulnerabilities.
  2. Examine all security controls linked to such assets.
  3. Check the control breaks and assign remediation: 

 

Risk Register

 

Enterprise tech executives trust Cyber Sierra for simplifying their cybersecurity processes due to the advantages mentioned above. One, out of many examples, is Aditya Anand, the CTO of Hybr1d. 

 

In his testimony, Aditya raved:

 

Enterprise tech executives trust Cyber Sierra for simplifying their cybersecurity processes due to the advantages mentioned above. One, out of many examples, is Aditya Anand, the CTO of Hybr1d.

 

Read Hybr1d’s case study

 

Simplify Cybersecurity CCM Process Steps

 

To recap, our recommended cybersecurity CCM process steps are: 

  1. Consolidate and integrate data from tools.
  2. Establish governance of security controls.
  3. Automate vendor risks’ assessments, and
  4. Streamline security awareness training. 

 

Typically, each of these steps required a different software product. But most tools often don’t work well together, making the process more complex and stressful for enterprise security leaders. 

 

To solve this, our platform consolidates the core capabilities required into an intelligent, interoperable cybersecurity platform. This way, you can simplify the entire cybersecurity continuous control monitoring process steps from one place:

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I talk to a lot of CISOs. 

Most decry not having enough budget to hire talent and buy every tool needed to implement their desired third-party risk management (TPRM) framework. But even among those who don’t have such challenges, our chats often reveal a common, underlying question:

What metrics do I need to prove my TPRM program is successful? This question is valid to both sides of the spectrum. Because to secure more budget or get approval for next year’s budget, you must establish metrics demonstrating the success of your TPRM program. 

Says Chris Gida, Asurion’s Sr. Compliance Manager: 

 

Chris Gida - Quote

 

In other words, metrics are useful for more than just getting a TPRM program budget approved. They are also crucial for making decisions relative to securing your company from vendor risks. 

But the question remains: How do you choose them? 

 

Criteria for Choosing Vendor Risk Management Metrics

There’s no one-size-fits-all criteria. 

However, I like Josh Angert’s recommendation for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs). He hammered on the need to always start with the end in mind when establishing TPRM program metrics. 

In his words:

 

Josh Angert - Quote

 

Based on Josh’s insight, the metrics you choose should cut across key performance indicators (KPIs) and key risk indicators (KRIs). KPIs keep your security team focused on aligning your organization’s TPRM program with business objectives. KRIs, on the other hand, track the prompt identification and mitigation of vendor risks. 

So to choose vendor risk management metrics: 

  • Define business objectives relevant to your TPRM program.
  • Outline mission-critical vendor risks that must be mitigated.
  • Select enterprise metrics that encompass all of the above:

 

How to choose vendor risk management metrics

 

The rest of this guide explores metrics I see enterprise CISOs using to ascertain the success of their TPRM programs. As we proceed, you’ll also see how our interoperable cybersecurity and compliance automation platform, Cyber Sierra, helps you achieve them. 

Before we dive in: 

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Enterprise Third-Party Risk Management Program Metrics 

By knowing what to measure (i.e., the TPRM metrics below), your security team can know what to improve and succeed. 

 

1. Number of Identified Vendor Risks

This metric measures how many 3rd party risks your security team identifies over time. The objective of this metric, relevant to most enterprise TPRM programs, is to identify as many risks as possible. 

As organizations add new vendors, they need to identify all risks and security threats brought into their ecosystems. So the more risks identified over time, the more your security team can demonstrate its understanding of 3rd party risks. 

 

2. Number of Reduced Risks

Identifying an appreciable number of risks over time is good. But demonstrating that they are reducing relative to when your program went into effect is more important. 

Say your organization hasn’t added new vendors in the last three months. This metric tracks changes in third-party risks within that period. Less risk means your security team is effective. 

 

3. Cost of Managing Third-Party Risks

Security teams should track this in twofold: 

  • Articulate all direct and indirect costs associated with managing vendor risks before implementing your TPRM program. 
  • Show how these costs have reduced over time relative to the negative business impact mitigated. 

Reporting this metric is critical because it’s a great way for board members to see your TPRM program as a value, and not a cost center. 

 

4. Time to Detect Vendor Risks

As the name suggests, this metric helps you track how long it takes your team to detect vendor risks on average. A shorter risk detection time shows that your security team is efficient. 

Board members would want to see risks being detected as soon as possible. This is why third-party security managers track and report on how their team has reduced their average risk detection time. 

 

5. Time to Mitigate Risks 

How long does your team take to mitigate vendor risks? 

This metric measures the answer to that question. Once your team detects risks, they must immediately mitigate them. The faster they do this, the more financial and reputational damage your vendor risk management program will save your company. 

The enterprise security managers I talk to use this metric to visualize how they are mitigating risks within a timeframe. By tracking it, you can set objectives for improving your time to mitigate risks over time. 

 

6. Time to Complete Risk Assessments

Vendors are business entities contracted to help achieve your company’s mission or business goals. Putting them through rigorous third-party risk assessment is critical for mitigating risks. 

However, it is also important to track how long it takes to completely assess vendors. Security managers should strive to reduce the time it takes to assess vendors for two reasons: 

  1. Give vendors a smooth assessment experience
  2. Demonstrate to management how efficiently they are risk-assessing and onboarding 3rd parties into their ecosystem. 

You can achieve these with software that streamlines the process of initiating and completing vendor risk assessments in three steps:

 

Time to Complete Risk Assessments

 

As shown above, this streamlined 3-step workflow is built into Cyber Sierra’s TPRM module. So instead of looping between spreadsheets or exchanging endless email threads, enterprise security teams can profile, assess, and manage vendor risks in one place. 

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Achieving Vendor Risk Management KPIs & KRIs

Tracking the metrics above is good.

But without context, metrics on a dashboard won’t show how effective your TPRM program is. Worse, they are not so helpful if you can’t tie them to noticeable business objective indicators. 

Josh Angert shared why indicators —key performance indicators (KPIs) and key risk indicators (KRIs) —are more important:

 

Josh Angert - Quote-1

 

Let me rephrase that. 

Choosing TPRM metrics is vital. It guides your security team. Management, on the other hand, concerns itself with indicators —KPIs and KRIs— tied to business objectives they can track and use to make decisions. Below are three you should prioritize. 

 

1. Resource Efficiency

Imagine using the perfect blend of ingredients to bake a batch of cookies without wasting anything. Resource efficiency is similar to that. It means using just the right amount of time, tools, people, and budget to implement an effective TPRM program. 

Resource efficiency indicates to management that your security team is doing a great job while saving time and money. According to Bryan Littlefair, the CEO of Cambridge Cyber Advisers, to improve this KPI, start by having a mature vendor risk management strategy. 

Bryan advised

 

Bryan Littlefair - Quote

 

2. Throughput

Say your company must address an average of 300 vendor risks per month. Throughput gives management an overview of how quickly your security team is able to do that over a given time period. 

This important KPI helps you identify and minimize bottlenecks in your vendor risk management processes, enabling your team to do more in less time. This is essential for achieving selected TPRM program metrics. 

 

3. Process Efficiency

Think of process efficiency like striking the right balance between operational effectiveness and risk mitigation. 

It helps management track the speed at which your security team assesses, manages, and mitigates third-party risks. While the first two required having the right strategy, this one is about streamlining core elements of third-party risk management. 

And this is where Cyber Sierra comes in. 

For instance, you can assess, onboard, and manage third-party vendors much faster with our platform. And for prompt risk mitigation, our software auto-verifies all evidence of security controls uploaded by vendors in response to assessment questionnaires. 

Unverified evidence indicates a lack of necessary security measures that could lead to data breaches. With Cyber Sierra, your team can follow up with vendors to resolve this on the same pane: 

 

Achieving Vendor Risk Management KPIs & KRIs

 

Achieve Key TPRM Program Metrics

As I’ve stressed, knowing what metrics to choose is how you demonstrate that your TPRM program is successful. But as you choose them, it is equally, if not more important to align efforts towards achieving visible KPIs and KRIs. 

Your team can do this by streamlining critical processes of your vendor risk management program with Cyber Sierra. For instance, you get the NIST and ISO TPRM assessment frameworks built into our interoperable cybersecurity platform. 

With these critical assessment frameworks in one place, your team can assess, onboard, manage, and mitigate vendor risks much faster:

 

Achieve Key TPRM Program Metrics

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What do Toyota, Okta, and Keybank have in common? 

On the surface, not much, given they operate in different sectors —car manufacturing, B2B software, and banking, respectively. But review recent cyberattacks that made the news, and you’ll see the commonality: They all suffered major data breaches in 2022 through third-party vendors. Given these are global enterprises, one would argue they had some kind of Third-Party Risk Management (TPRM) framework in place. 

It begs the question: 

Why do companies suffer data breaches through third-parties, despite having some way to manage risks?

If you’re a CISO or an enterprise security exec pondering over that question, here’s the likely answer. First, choosing the right TPRM framework is crucial, but it’s not enough. This is because no matter how good one may be, it is only useful if effectively implemented. 

And that brings us to the rest of this article. 

We’d explore the top enterprise TPRM frameworks you can choose from. More importantly, you’ll see how our interoperable cybersecurity platform, Cyber Sierra, effectively streamlines their implementation. 

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The Top Enterprise TPRM Frameworks

According to a report by RSI Security

 

RSI Security - Quote

 

In other words, TPRM frameworks developed by NIST and ISO come recommended. But there are variations of these, so choosing which ones to implement should be based on your company’s specific needs. 

To help you do that, below are the various frameworks designed by both institutions and their relevance to enterprise TPRM. 

 

1. NIST Supply Chain Risk Management Framework (SCRMF) 800-161

NIST 800-161 was developed to supplement the NIST 800-53 designed specifically to help federal entities manage supply chain risks. 

However, given the large number of 3rd parties enterprise organizations now work with, private sector organizations can also adopt NIST 800-161. This framework breaks down the supply chain or vendor risk management process into four phases: 

  1. Frame, 
  2. Access, 
  3. Respond, and
  4. Monitor: 

 

Risk Management Process

 

Across these phases, there are 19 data security control themes, ranging from employee training to systems and service acquisition.

 

2. NIST Vendor Risk Management Framework (RMF) 800-37

Originally developed in 2005, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) revised this framework in 2018. 

Generally, the NIST 800-37 RMF outlines steps companies can take to protect their data and systems. This includes assessing the security of systems, analyzing threats, and implementing data security controls. For vendor risk management purposes, section 2.8 of the framework specifically fits the bill. It is invaluable as it helps security teams consider relevant risk mitigation tactics for onboarding new third-parties. 

 

3. NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)

Considered the gold standard for building robust data security programs, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework can also be used when designing third-party risk management processes. Specifically, this framework outlines the best practices for creating vendor risk assessment questionnaires

Base your third-party risk assessment questionnaires on security controls in the NIST CSF framework, and your team can accurately assess potential vendors’ cyber threat profiles. This is especially useful for enterprise organizations with strict privacy or regulatory compliance concerns.

 

4. ISO 27001, 27002, and 27018

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed the ISO 27001, 27002, and 27018 standards. Although known more for implementing governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs, these standards can also be used in creating frameworks for evaluating third-party risks. 

Specifically, each of these standards have sections guiding security teams to ensure their vendor risk assessments are thorough. This is in addition to each standard helping your team manage a broader information security program across your organization.  

 

5. ISO 27036

Unlike other ISO standards focused more on companies’ overall GRC programs, ISO 27036 series helps organizations manage risks arising from the acquisition of goods and services from suppliers. 

ISO 27036 has provisions for addressing physical risks arising from working with professionals such as cleaners, security guards, delivery services, etc. It also has more standard processes for working with cloud service providers, data domiciles, and others. 

 

Elements of an Effective Vendor Risk Management Framework

Notice something in the frameworks above? 

Each addresses an element of the TPRM implementation process. For instance, NIST 800-37 enforces risk mitigation tactics for onboarding vendors while the ISO 27001 standard helps security teams design comprehensive risk assessment questionnaires. 

This means two things: 

First, for effective vendor risk management, companies may need to combine elements from various TPRM frameworks. The elements (or components) to keep in mind are illustrated below: 

 

Elements of an Effective Vendor Risk Management Framework

 

Secondly, because trying to cut off sections of various frameworks to achieve all necessary elements is too much manual work, there’s a need to streamline the process with a TPRM tool

This is where Cyber Sierra comes in: 

 

streamline the process with a TPRM tool.

 

As shown above, our interoperable cybersecurity platform integrates NIST and ISO TPRM frameworks into easy-to-use templates for streamlined implementation. 

 

How to Streamline Third-Party Risk Management Framework Implementation

Effective implementation of an enterprise TPRM framework must have all elements illustrated above. Specifically, it must include components for ongoing risk assessment, due diligence, contractual agreements, incidence response, and continuous monitoring. 

Here’s how Cyber Sierra automates the critical ones. 

 

Risk Assessment

This element of a TPRM framework focuses on assessing risks associated with potential third-party vendors. It involves using security questionnaires to evaluate vendors’ security practices, reputation, financial stability, and others. 

But there’s a caveat. 

Assessee tier (basic or advanced) and possible threats to deal with often depends on a vendor type and their geographic location. To this end, Cyber Sierra enforces security teams to choose a vendor type, geographic location, and if an advanced assessment is needed when initiating each third-party risk assessment flow: 

 

Risk Assessment

 

Due Diligence

A study by the Ponemon Institute revealed why due diligence is a core component of an effective-implemented TPRM framework. 

They found that: 

 

why due diligence is a core component of an effective-implemented TPRM framework

 

In other words, don’t expect 3rd parties to be honest about responses to risk assessments on their threat profiles. Instead, use a TPRM platform like Cyber Sierra to auto-verify and automate due diligence on evidence uploaded for each security assessment question: 

 

 

Contractual Agreements

This component of implementing a TPRM framework requires working with trained legal and compliance professionals. Such expertise is needed for designing custom contractual agreements that effectively outline each 3rd party’s security obligations, requirements, and expectations relative to risk management. 

 

Incidence Response

How will your security team respond to cyber risks and security threats that emerge from vendors in your supply chain network? 

This element of an implemented TPRM framework addresses that crucial question. It involves establishing proactive measures for remediating data threats and cyber risks arising from 3rd party vendors in your entire supply chain network. 

But to respond to incidents, your security teams must first identify them before they lead to a data breach. This requires proper implementation of the fifth element of a TPRM framework. 

 

Continuous Monitoring

This element of a TPRM framework entails: 

  • Monitoring third-party security controls based on implemented risk management, governance, and compliance policies.
  • Verifying third-parties’ uploaded evidence of meeting their obligation of having required risk management controls.
  • Identifying and flagging vendors in your supply chain network without that fail to meet data security requirements. 

Cyber Sierra streamlines these gruesome processes for vendors and organizations. First, our platform enforces ongoing third-party risk monitoring by auto-verifying 3rd parties’ uploaded evidence of having required security controls. 

You can enforce this by asking vendors managed with the Cyber Sierra platform to click on “Get Verified,” say, monthly: 

assessment questions

 

On your team’s dashboard view, our platform automatically verifies vendors’ uploaded evidence of having mandated security controls. 

It also flags evidence that fails verification and your team can work with vendors to resolve them on the same pane:

Assessment Request

 

Implement TPRM Frameworks In One Place

As demonstrated in the steps above, you can implement critical elements of an enterprise vendor risk management program with Cyber Sierra. More importantly, our platform lets you choose between the NIST or ISO TPRM frameworks: 

 

streamline the process with a TPRM tool.

 

This means whichever recommended framework makes more sense for assessing and managing third-party vendor risks in your supply chain, you can do it with our platform without jumping loops. 

You can even use both for specific vendors. 

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Cybersecurity Continuous Control Monitoring: A Checklist for CISOs

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Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated. And their growing sophistication is expanding the cyberattack landscape every quarter

 

Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated. And their growing sophistication is expanding the cyberattack landscape every quarter:

 

To outsmart them and secure enterprise organizations, security teams must adopt measures that proactively identify and mitigate vulnerabilities and attacks beforehand. Narendra Sahoo, CISA, reiterated how enterprise security teams can do this. 

He wrote

 

Narendra Sahoo - Quote

 

Gartner calls this recommended proactive measure cybersecurity continuous control monitoring (CCM). Being a relatively new approach, it’s best for CISOs and enterprise security executives to begin by knowing what to include as they plan its implementation. 

We’ll cover that in this guide and explore an actionable checklist to help your security team get it right. But let’s start with the often-asked question…

 

What Should a Continuous Cybersecurity Monitoring Plan Include?

As defined by Gartner

 

Gartner Quote

 

Based on this definition, an effective continuous cybersecurity monitoring plan should, through technology and automation: 

  • Map and maintain awareness of all systems and IT assets across your company and third-party vendor ecosystem. 
  • Understand all emerging external threats and internal threat-related activities relative to established security controls. 
  • Collect, analyze, and provide actionable security-related info across all mapped IT assets, security frameworks, and compliance regulations. 
  • Integrate risk management and information security frameworks, and enable your security team to proactively manage risks. 

Automating the areas outlined above in your CCM plan ensures coverage for all steps of the typical CCM lifecycle phases:

 

control life cycle phases

 

But each phase of the CCM lifecycle above has many steps and, in some cases, substeps. This, in turn, makes their implementation something security teams need to meticulously follow, step-by-step. 

In the cybersecurity continuous control monitoring (CCM) checklist below, we explore the steps in each phase. You’ll also see how Cyber Sierra, our interoperable cybersecurity and compliance automation platform, streamlines their implementation

Download the checklist to follow along: 

 

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The Enterprise Cybersecurity Continuous Control Monitoring (CCM) Checklist

Implement Cybersecurity Continuous Control Monitoring in your enterprise organization with this step-by-step checklist.

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Enterprise Cybersecurity Continuous Control Monitoring (CCM) Checklist 

 

Renowned Security Architect, Matthew Pascucci, advised

 

Matthew Pascucci

 

Matthew’s advice is spot on.

In short, it is the expected outcome of the first step of our CCM checklist. So let’s dive in. 

 

1. Analyze Continuous Control Objectives

Enterprises with any form of existing compliance and risk management process already have some form of security controls in place. If that’s your case, as it is with most enterprise organizations, achieving continuous monitoring of those security controls starts with analyzing your controls’ objectives.

You achieve this by initiating an extensive assessment of your organization’s compliance and cybersecurity controls. In other words, assess existing risks, cyber threats and vulnerabilities with a CCM platform.

The platform you choose should be able to:

  • Connect and map all the IT assets in your cloud and network environments, and those of third-party vendors. 
  • Outline and categorize all technical and non-technical security controls across mapped assets and environments.  
  • Integrate existing risk management, compliance, and information security frameworks to match outlined controls.
  • Identify vulnerabilities and gaps in existing security controls relative to mapped assets across cloud environments. 

You can automate these tasks with Cyber Sierra. First, connect and map IT assets used across your company and third-party vendor ecosystem by integrating them with Cyber Sierra: 

 

Analyze Continuous Control Objectives

 

After integrating, scan one, some, or all apps and systems used across your organization in a few clicks. Each time your team initiates a scan with Cyber Sierra, it not only performs a scan, but also performs a comprehensive risk assessment of the integrated IT assets. 

This is because our interoperable cybersecurity platform analyzes all integrated assets against standardized risk management, compliance, and information security frameworks in the background. This helps to detect and push vulnerabilities, cyber threats, and risks into your dashboard. 

Here’s a peek: 

 

 our interoperable cybersecurity platform analyzes all integrated assets against standardized risk management, compliance, and information security frameworks in the background

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2. Evaluate Controls’ Implementation Options 

What implementation options are feasible after analyzing the objectives of your controls through a comprehensive risk assessment? That’s the question your team must answer here.  

To do this: 

  • Review your company’s service portfolio to identify and determine what security controls are mission-critical.
  • Identify areas where additional resources (i.e., expertise, capital, training, etc.) are required for implementing continuous monitoring of mission-critical security controls, based on gaps found during the analysis and risk assessment phase.
  • Examine existing risk management, compliance, and information security procedures and processes to uncover what needs an upgrade to achieve continuous control monitoring. 

 

3. Determine Continuous Control Implementation

According to Steve Durbin, CEO of the Information Security Forum: 

 

Steve Dublin

 

Continuous control monitoring is a fast-paced process, where your security team must stay one step ahead of cybercriminals. So as observed by Steve, having a cohesive security architecture is essential for effective, consistent, and safe implementation. 

You can do this by: 

  • Developing a common language by creating standard terms and principles for implementing continuous control monitoring in your organization. This makes it clear for your security team and new members to understand what they should and should not do.
  • Establishing the objective and priority of each implemented or should-be implemented security control relative to your business goal(s). This helps everyone in your security team working on specific security controls to give it necessary priority. 
  • Determining and documenting acceptable approaches for implementing CCM. This helps your team know where to start, how to proceed, and the possible, acceptable outcome of each implemented or should-be implemented security control. 
  • Outlining the conditions and steps for adapting all mission-critical security controls being monitored.

 

4. Create Continuous Control Procedures

This step involves creating continuous security control procedures based on stardardard or customized cybersecurity policy frameworks. Examples of standard cybersecurity policy frameworks to create continuous control procedures from are NIST, ISO, SOC, etc. 

So for this step: 

  • Examine standard cybersecurity policy frameworks to identify security controls critical to your business. 
  • Create procedures for implementing controls identified from standard policy frameworks. 
  • Identify necessary security controls not available in the standard cybersecurity policy frameworks examined; then, create custom policies and procedures for implementing them. 

For the third sub-step, you’ll need a platform like Cyber Sierra that allows the upload of custom cybersecurity policies. Our compliance automation suite allows the creation of customized risk governance programs and uploading of custom control policies for them: 

 

Create Continuous Control Procedures

 

5. Deploy Continuous Control Instances

Implementing control instances operationalizes the cybersecurity controls established within the policy frameworks developed in the previous phase. 

This involves: 

  • Collaborating with your security operations team to implement continuous cybersecurity controls instances.
  • Implementing the security services needed to enforce and make defined control instances work. 
  • Providing evidence for evaluating adherence to established security controls, policies, and procedures. 

You may need to hire external expertise or launch employee security awareness training on deploying continuous control instances. Cyber Sierra can help with the latter:

 

all training

 

As shown, you can launch and track the completion of cybersecurity training programs relevant to implementing CCM with our employee Security Awareness module. 

 

6. Automate Security Controls’ Monitoring

This step is where the main functions of a cybersecurity continuous control monitoring (CCM) platform come to bare. So choose one that enables your security team to automatically: 

  • Monitor and test security controls based on defined procedures and implemented risk management and compliance policies.
  • Identify and score emerging threats according to their likely impact on your organization’s security program. 
  • Provides actionable information for your DevSecOps team to remediate threats and vulnerabilities in near-real-time. 

For a CCM platform to tick the boxes above, it must ingest data from your mapped IT assets against established security policies. It must also refresh this ingested data in real-time automatically, ensuring continuous monitoring of security controls. Finally, it must alert security teams of risks that could lead to a breach. 

The Risk Register on Cyber Sierra meets those requirements.

 

risk register

 

As shown, it detected threats in a GSuite asset category down to individual users. In this case, it refreshes ingested data in real-time, creating a threat alert and risk score whenever a user connects an unapproved external app with SSO to their GSuite. 

 

7. Optimize Continuous Controls’ Implementation

Continuous control monitoring is a never-ending process. 

As the threat landscape, risk management trends, and compliance regulation requirements evolve, so should your continuous control implementation. Also, as your organization grows or collaborates with new third-party vendors, your continuous security control requirements will must adjust, too.

So choose an interval that makes sense for your organization, say weekly or monthly; and optimize CCM implementation by: 

  • Enhancing ongoing data ingestion by uncovering new or disconnected apps and systems in your IT asset inventory.
  • Detecting control gaps and threats not accounted for as your DevSecOps team remediates identified risks. 
  • Informing overall threat intelligence management across your organization based on risks and vulnerabilities detected throughout the CCM process.

 

What Tool is Used in Continuous Control Monitoring? 

Due to its growing popularity, pure-play continuous control monitoring (CCM) platforms are emerging. At the same time, some niche governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) vendors are incorporating CCM capabilities into their solutions. 

While the latter can do some of the job, it’s best to use a CCM tool built to support implementation across all phases of the CCM lifecycle. As the checklist explored above showed, that includes a long list of steps all related to each other in one way or another. 

Based on this, Gartner recommends the use of a CCM tool that automates four core things:

 

What Tool is Used in Continuous Control Monitoring?

 

Cyber Sierra has these capabilities built into its platform. 

In short, ours is an interoperable cybersecurity and compliance automation software. This means the capabilities outlined above work well together, making the automation of CCM procedures and processes seamless. 

 

Automate Continuous Cybersecurity Control Monitoring

As shown throughout various steps of the CCM lifecycle phases, automation is at the core of implementing CCM. And it is more feasible with an interoperable cybersecurity and compliance automation platform. 

This is where Cyber Sierra comes in. 

Why not book a free demo of Cyber Sierra to get a sneak peek into how our platform automates the ongoing implementation of CCM?  

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Top 10 Alternatives to Scrut in 2023

Are you on the lookout for a robust compliance management software that could enhance your data security and compliance management processes?

Scrut has certainly carved a niche for itself in the business world as a preferred choice for handling compliance matters, but it might not be the perfect fit for every organization’s specific needs. It’s crucial to thoroughly evaluate all accessible alternatives before settling on your final choice.

In this guide, we will shed light on 10 promising alternatives to Scrut and delve into the unique advantages they hold over their rivals.

 

Top 10 Scrut Alternatives: Key Features, Pricing Plans, and More

Here are the top 10 alternatives to Scrut that we have shortlisted for you:

  1. Cyber Sierra
  2. Vanta
  3. Secureframe
  4. Drata
  5. Sprinto
  6. AuditBoard
  7. Wiz
  8. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud
  9. Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
  10. Duo Security

Let’s look at them one by one.

 

1. Cyber Sierra

 

Cyber Sierra - Alternatives to Scrut

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Overview

Cyber Sierra offers a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind cybersecurity suite, created specifically to fulfill the requirements of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), technology pioneers, and other personnel engaged in the realm of data protection.

One notable attribute of Cyber Sierra is its seamless convergence of various security modules, forming an all-in-one security solution.

It unifies governance, risk management, cybersecurity compliance, cyber insurance offerings, threat landscape, and staff security training programs into its consolidated platform, effectively reducing the fragmentation often found in the many cybersecurity solutions in the market.

 

Key features

  • Omni governance: aids firms in achieving compliance standards recognized globally – ISO 27001, SOC 2, HIPAA, GDPR, and PDPA.
  • Cybersecurity health check: performs thorough assessment and identification of threats linked to your digital entities.
  • Staff security education: provides a curriculum to empower employees in detecting and deflecting phishing attempts.
  • Third-party risk oversight: simplifies the process of security clearance for vendors and ensures routine monitoring of potential risks.
  • Continuous controls monitoring: Monitors in near real-time the security controls, flagging off controls breaks and risk mitigation strategies.

 

Strengths

  • All-in-one security solution: brings together governance, risk management, cybersecurity compliance, cyber insurance offering, threat landscape, and personnel training modules in one consolidated platform.
  • Continuous surveillance: active, 24/7 risk monitoring, threat anticipation and risk grading.
  • Vendor risk command: simplifies the complexity of managing third-party associates and brings down associated risks.

 

Weaknesses

  • The platform is relatively new in the market.

 

Optimal for:

Cyber Sierra provides perfect resonance for both established corporations and startups confronted with regulative compliance, data protection, and similar concerns.

Additionally, it benefits corporations aiming to harmonize their cybersecurity, governance, and insurance methodologies, transitioning from multiple vendors to an integrated, intelligent platform.

 

2. Vanta

 

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Overview

Vanta is a platform that specializes in security and compliance management, with a focus on simplifying the processes involved in achieving SOC 2 compliance. It underscores the importance of security in a company’s technology environment by enabling continuous monitoring and automation of compliance processes. This functionality significantly decreases the amount of time and resources needed to prepare for SOC 2 certification.

 

Key features

  • Continuous Monitoring: By offering continuous security monitoring, Vanta ensures real-time compliance, enabling companies to remain updated and secure at all times.
  • Automation: To make the SOC 2 certification process faster and more efficient, it automates compliance efforts, streamlining workflows and reducing manual intervention.
  • Integration: It provides seamless integration with popular services and platforms like AWS, GCP, Azure, and more. This wide range of integration options makes it more adaptable to different technology environments.

 

Strengths

  • Time efficiency: Reduces the time and effort required to achieve SOC 2 compliance, saving companies valuable resources.
  • Integration: Integrates easily with numerous popular platforms, making it adaptable to various technology environments.

 

Weaknesses

  • Limited Scope: As a specialist in SOC 2 compliance, Vanta may not cater to other security frameworks or standards that some businesses might need.
  • Customization: With restricted customization options, Vanta may be less flexible for businesses that have unique compliance needs or those seeking to tailor their experiences.

 

Best suited for

Vanta serves as an excellent solution for mid-sized to large businesses, especially those from industries that necessitate strict security compliance standards. This makes it relevant for sectors such as technology, healthcare, or finance, where compliance with stringent security standards (like SOC 2, ISO 27001, HIPAA, PCI and GDPR) becomes unavoidable.

 

3. Secureframe

 

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Overview

Secureframe is a distinct compliance platform precisely developed to ease the process of achieving SOC 2 and ISO 27001 certifications. The tool’s strength lies in delivering thorough and consistent monitoring across multiple cloud platforms, including AWS, GCP, and Azure.

 

Key Features

  • Compliance monitoring: Secureframe offers continuous compliance monitoring across a diverse suite of services, ensuring round-the-clock security.
  • Automation: Through automation, Secureframe can dramatically decrease the time and resource requirements typically associated with security compliance tasks.
  • Integration capabilities: The platform operates smoothly with leading cloud services like AWS, GCP, and Azure, promoting harmonious operations.

 

Strengths

  • Robust reporting: Secureframe provides comprehensive and easy-to-understand reporting functionality, making it easier for businesses to keep track of compliance and security statuses.
  • User-friendly interface: The platform boasts a simplified, intuitive interface that makes navigation and task execution easy for users without technical expertise.
  • Multi-cloud support: Its ability to seamlessly work across multiple commonly used cloud services, including AWS, GCP, and Azure, is an added boon for businesses operating within these environments.

 

Weaknesses

  • Limited customization: Certain users have indicated a need for complex customization opportunities, suggesting that the platform might not provide enough versatility to meet the needs of all businesses.

 

Best suited for

Secureframe is especially beneficial for businesses, regardless of their size, that are aiming to simplify the process of obtaining SOC 2 and ISO 27001 certifications. Its superior integration abilities with popular cloud platforms make it particularly advantageous for companies that are reliant on AWS, GCP, and Azure for cloud services.

 

4. Drata

 

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Overview

Drata is a security and compliance management platform that offers comprehensive support to companies striving to accomplish and sustain SOC 2 compliance.

The platform’s audit management software mechanizes the process of tracking, managing, and overseeing the necessary technical and operational controls for SOC 2 certification.

 

Key Features

  • Asset management: Drata enables companies to identify and track all assets such as servers, devices, and applications, making their management more effective.
  • Policy & procedure templates: Pre-built templates for policies and procedures on the platform allow companies to efficiently generate internal compliance documentation.
  • User access reviews: The platform ensures adequate access controls with regular user access reviews.
  • Security training: Drata offers continuous employee training and phishing simulations to heighten awareness of existing security threats and practices.

 

Strengths

  • Automated evidence collection: By automating the collection of evidence, Drata reduces the manual effort and potential for human errors.
  • Exceptional customer support: The platform boasts a responsive and knowledgeable support team that guides clients throughout the compliance process.

 

Weaknesses

  • Onboarding process: Users have reported finding the onboarding process long and convoluted, possibly resulting in a slower initial setup.
  • Complex functionality: The broad functionality offered by Drata may prove complicated for non-technical users.
  • Scalability: Being a relatively new player in the market, Drata could face challenges when scaling up to address the needs of larger organizations with more complex compliance requirements.
  • Pricing: The pricing model of Drata might be a hurdle for smaller businesses with restrictive budgets.

 

Best Suited For

Drata is particularly beneficial for organizations wishing to earn and maintain SOC 2 compliance while minimizing manual tasks. Thanks to its advanced automation features, it appeals to businesses in search of a more streamlined audit experience.

 

5. Sprinto

 

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Overview

Sprinto is a security and compliance automation platform that helps businesses maintain compliance with a variety of frameworks including SOC 2, ISO 27001, GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS.

With its customization and real-time monitoring capabilities, Sprinto equips companies to continuously check and efficiently manage their security and compliance state.

 

Key features

  • Asset management: Sprinto’s security compliance lets businesses consolidate risk, map entity-level controls, and run fully automated checks.
  • Policy implementation: The platform offers automated workflows, policy templates, and training modules that cater to various security compliance needs.
  • Exceptional support: Sprinto’s experts guide businesses through every step of the compliance process, right from risk assessment to meeting audit requirements.
  • Cloud compatibility: Sprinto integrates seamlessly with most modern business cloud services for comprehensive risk assessment and control mapping.

 

Strengths

  • Automation: Sprinto’s automation capabilities significantly reduce the effort required to achieve compliance.
  • Wide compliance coverage: Supports a broad range of compliance frameworks, enabling businesses to manage multiple compliances simultaneously.
  • Expert support: Sprinto provides expert-led implementation support from day one, ensuring appropriate controls and practices are in place.
  • Integration capability: Works seamlessly with many business cloud services, allowing for efficient mapping of controls and comprehensive risk assessment.

 

Weaknesses

  • Adaptive requirements: Businesses have to adapt to the platform to fully take advantage of automated checks and continuous monitoring.
  • Customer support: There is room for improvement in Sprinto’s customer service, as reported by some users regarding response times.

 

Best for

Sprinto is best suited for fast-growing cloud companies looking to streamline their security compliance processes. Its automation capabilities and broad compliance coverage make it an ideal choice for businesses seeking a more efficient, hands-off approach to maintaining security compliance.

 

6. AuditBoard

 

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Overview

AuditBoard serves as a sophisticated audit, risk, and compliance management platform devised to deliver user-friendliness. The platform aids corporations in handling intricate audit, compliance, and risk management tasks, presenting uninterrupted accessibility and collaboration utilities.

 

Key features

  • Holistic control management: AuditBoard encompasses end-to-end audit management, encapsulating capabilities such as risk appraisal, control test management, issue tracking, and report generation.
  • Operational auditing provisions: The platform furnishes an integrated toolkit, purposed to streamline and enhance internal and operational audits.
  • Risk evaluation: It aids in effortless detection and supervision of risks across various departments within an organization.
  • Real-time reports: It ensures prompt insights and custom report generation for audit progress tracking and issue management.

 

Strengths

  • User-friendliness: The intuitive interface of AuditBoard receives commendations for making audit and risk evaluations much simpler.
  • Collaboration: Its efficient collaboration tools bolster communication among internal teams and between organizations and external auditors.

 

Weaknesses

  • Customer assistance: Some incidences reflect dissatisfaction with the timely and effective response of AuditBoard’s customer support.
  • Navigation complexity: Few users find navigating through the platform somewhat complex, especially when handling multiple projects concurrently.
  • Cost: The high cost associated with its comprehensive features may not be affordable to small- and medium-sized businesses.

 

Best Suited For

AuditBoard stands as an optimal choice for large-scale organizations in search of a robust, all-in-one audit and risk management solution. It works exceptionally well for companies frequently conducting internal and operational audits, and those requiring real-time insights into their audit and risk undertakings.

 

7. Wiz

 

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Overview

Wiz serves as a holistic cloud security solution, granting enterprises an extensive perspective of security risks within their entire cloud ecosystem. This advanced Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tool surpasses agent-based solutions by scanning the complete cloud infrastructure for potential weaknesses, and configuration problems, and detecting concealed threats.

 

Key features

  • All-encompassing visibility: Wiz delivers a comprehensive outlook of multi-cloud environments, providing a centralized overview of security concerns.
  • Intelligent remediation: The solution identifies vulnerabilities and presents actionable insights for addressing security risks.
  • Collaboration: Wiz fosters cooperation among DevOps, cloud infrastructure, and security teams through a unified platform.
  • Ongoing security monitoring: Wiz persistently observes cloud environments to detect and notify users of security issues or misconfigurations.

 

Strengths

  • Thorough: Wiz offers extensive security evaluation, encompassing all major cloud platforms.
  • Efficient automation: The solution facilitates role automation and showcases user-friendly dashboards to enhance security procedures.
  • Simple setup and usage: Wiz is reputed to be easy to implement with minimal configuration prerequisites.

 

Weaknesses

  • Insufficient documentation: Some users have noted that Wiz’s documentation could be more in-depth and comprehensive.
  • Ambiguity in pricing: A few reviewers have remarked that pricing information is not easily accessible, complicating cost-related decision-making.
  • Possibly overwhelming notifications: While Wiz monitors cloud environments, the frequency of its alerts might inundate some users.

 

Best Suited For

Wiz is an ideal choice for businesses operating in multi-cloud environments, necessitating a comprehensive, all-inclusive view of their cloud security posture. Its competence in delivering a centralized security perspective is particularly beneficial for companies with intricate cloud infrastructures.

 

8. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud

 

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Overview

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is a comprehensive cybersecurity solution that amalgamates backup services, disaster recovery capabilities, AI-empowered protection against malware and ransomware, and remote support. With its multi-layered approach, the solution safeguards data across multiple environments and devices.

 

Key features

  • Backup and disaster recovery: The service delivers constant data protection along with backup services, also equipping businesses with disaster recovery strategies for critical situations.
  • Cybersecurity: Leveraging AI and machine learning technologies, the platform can preemptively spot and ward off evolving threats.
  • Patch management: Acronis identifies and automatically updates outdated software builds reducing potential vulnerabilities.
  • Remote support: It offers remote assistance for swift problem resolution from any place.

 

Strengths

  • Holistic protection: Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud brings together backup, security, and recovery within a single framework to provide multi-tiered security.
  • User Friendliness: Several users praise the platform for its intuitive interface and seamless navigation.
  • Reliable backup and recovery: Many users commend its reliable performance when it comes to data backup and recovery.

 

Weaknesses

  • Potential performance issues: Some users noted that the software may become slow, particularly during large-scale backup operations.
  • Customer support: Some customers have reported disappointing experiences with delayed responses from the support team.
  • Lack of comprehensive reports: A handful of clients have expressed a need for a more robust reporting feature that could elaborate on a comprehensive analysis.

 

Best Suited for

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is ideal for organizations that put strong emphasis on extensive, integrated cybersecurity measures. Given its diverse features, it acts as a versatile solution for various sectors—be it IT, retail, healthcare, finance, or any other industry necessitating stringent data security.

 

9. Druva Data Resiliency Cloud

 

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Overview

Druva Data Resiliency Cloud is a service-driven data management and protection system, providing secure backup, disaster recovery, and data governance across various environments like data centers, endpoints, and cloud applications.

 

Key Features

  • Unified data protection: Druva delivers dependable and consolidated backup and recovery solutions for data centers, endpoints, and SaaS applications.
  • Disaster recovery: It offers a straightforward, rapidly responsive, and cost-efficient method for on-demand disaster recovery.
  • Global deduplication: Druva’s global deduplication feature facilitates efficient storage and bandwidth usage, leading to reduced costs and quicker backups.
  • Security and compliance: The solution provides data protection in adherence with multiple regulations such as GDPR, featuring encryption, access control, and audit trails.

 

Strengths

  • SaaS deployment: As a service-oriented solution, Druva is easy to install, maintain, and scale, relieving the IT teams’ burdens.
  • Efficient data management: Druva provides a centralized console for managing data protection tasks across diverse environments, simplifying data management procedures.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Druva dispenses with hardware and infrastructure expenses, resulting in a more budget-friendly solution.
  • Customer support: Druva’s support team has received positive feedback for their quick response time and helpfulness.

 

Weaknesses

  • Performance with large datasets: Some reports indicate a slowdown in performance when processing extensive datasets, suggesting it might not be the best fit for businesses with large-scale data processing needs.
  • Confusing pricing structure: Some users have indicated that the pricing structure might be a bit convoluted and lacks clarity.

 

Best Suited For

Druva Data Resiliency Cloud is ideal for enterprises of all sizes seeking a service-driven, budget-friendly, and straightforward data protection solution. It’s particularly advantageous for businesses functioning in distributed environments, involving numerous data center applications and endpoints.

Contrarily, businesses required to deal with large-scale datasets or those with specific customization needs may want to explore other solutions or test Druva’s performance before choosing a final course.

 

10. Duo Security

 

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Overview

Duo Security, now integrated with Cisco, is a cloud-based access security platform that defends users, data, and applications from potential threats. It authenticates user identities and verifies the device health status before granting access to applications, ensuring compliance with enterprise security standards.

 

Key Features

  • Two-factor authentication (2FA): Duo enhances network and application access security by necessitating a secondary authentication method in addition to the primary password.
  • Device trust: Duo provides visibility into all devices attempting to access your applications and grants them access only after meeting your security criteria.
  • Adaptive authentication: Duo employs adaptive policies and machine learning to deliver secure access based on user behavior and device information.
  • Secure single sign-on (SSO): Users can securely and effortlessly access all applications through Duo’s SSO capability.

 

Strengths

  • Ease of use: Duo is renowned for its user-friendly interface and simple deployment.
  • Robust security: Duo’s two-factor authentication considerably lowers the odds of unauthorized access.
  • Wide Integration: Duo seamlessly integrates with various existing VPNs, cloud applications, and other network infrastructures.
  • Customer support: Duo’s customer service team stands out for its promptness and effectiveness.

 

Weaknesses

  • Limited granular control: Users seeking specific controls or advanced customization might find Duo Security lacking granularity, particularly when configuring policies.
  • Software updates: Occasionally, users have cited challenges or temporary interruptions following software updates.
  • Cost: Duo’s pricing structure might be prohibitive for startups or smaller businesses.
  • User interface: Despite being user-friendly, some users suggest the interface could benefit from a more contemporary and visually appealing upgrade.

 

Best Suited For

Duo Security is an ideal fit for businesses with diverse software ecosystems, as it effortlessly operates across a variety of applications and devices. Organizations requiring a flexible access security solution will find Duo’s features advantageous.

 

Top 10 Scrut Alternatives: Comparative Analysis

Here’s a comparative analysis of the top 10 Scrut alternatives to find the best platform that suits your needs:

 

Top 10 Alternatives to Scrut in 2023 with table of comparison

 

Stick With The Best

Selecting suitable software for your organization can be an intricate task. However, by scrutinizing the features, costs, and user experiences associated with each option, the decision-making process can be substantially easier.

Despite the availability of various software solutions capable of aiding your organization’s management functions, it is crucial to opt for one that closely aligns with your needs.

Among security systems, Cyber Sierra distinguishes itself by integrating high functionality and robust protection within a single platform.

The platform’s uncomplicated design facilitates the rapid and easy implementation of security measures, thereby providing additional shielding against potential cyber threats.

Book a demo to see how Cyber Sierra can help your business.

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Top 10 Alternatives to Secureframe in 2023

Are you exploring comprehensive compliance management software that could uplift your organization’s data privacy and compliance management practices?

Secureframe is a well-renowned choice in the corporate world for managing compliance affairs. That said, it might not necessarily be the ultimate solution for all organizations and their distinctive requirements.

There are many competent alternatives to Secureframe that offer similar functionalities but with a few modifications. The following list gives you an insight into some of them so that you can make an educated decision when it comes to selecting the right software for your business.

 

Top 10 Secureframe Alternatives: Key Features, Pricing Plans, and More

Here are the top 10 alternatives to Secureframe that we have shortlisted for you:

  1. Cyber Sierra
  2. Vanta
  3. Scrut
  4. Drata
  5. Sprinto
  6. AuditBoard
  7. Wiz
  8. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud
  9. Druva Data Resiliency Cloud
  10. Duo Security

Let’s look at them one by one.

 

1. Cyber Sierra

 

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Cyber Sierra is a unified cybersecurity platform, specially designed to cater to the demands of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs), tech innovators, and other individuals involved in the field of data security.

A key feature of Cyber Sierra is its effortless convergence of many security components, forming a complete cybersecurity solution.

This system brings together governance, risk management, cybersecurity adherence, cyber insurance offerings, threat view, and personnel training modules within one unified platform, effectively reducing the typical disjointed nature of cybersecurity management.

 

Key Features

  • Universal Governance: Helps companies meet widely recognized compliance standards such as ISO 27001, SOC 2, HIPAA, GDPR, and PDPA.
  • Cybersecurity Health Examination: Carries out in-depth reviews and identification of threats connected to your digital assets.
  • Employee Security Instruction: Offers learning materials that help employees recognize and ward off phishing attempts.
  • Third-Party Risk Supervision: Streamlines the security clearance process for suppliers and ensures regular tracking of potential dangers.
  • Continuous controls monitoring: Monitors in near real-time the security controls, flagging off controls breaks and risk mitigation strategies.

 

Strengths

  • All-purpose Security Solution: Merges governance, risk management, cybersecurity compliance, cyber insurance offerings, threat landscape, and staff training modules into one unified platform.
  • Constant Monitoring: Proactive, round-the-clock risk tracking, threat forecasting, and risk rating.
  • Third-party risk management: Simplifies the challenge of handling third-party partners and reduces related risks.

 

Weaknesses

  • The platform is relatively new in the market.

 

Best For 

Cyber Sierra is well suited for both well-established companies and startups grappling with regulatory compliance, and data protection, amongst other issues.

In addition, it aids companies looking to streamline their cybersecurity, governance, and insurance approaches, switching from multiple suppliers to a single, smart platform.

 

2. Vanta

 

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Vanta is a dedicated platform for security and compliance management, particularly simplifying processes for achieving SOC 2 compliance. It insightfully accentuates the need for robust security within a company’s tech ecosystem by facilitating consistent monitoring and compliance process automation. Deploying these mechanisms significantly cuts down the time and resources necessary for SOC 2 certification preparedness.

 

Key Features

  • Continuous Monitoring: Vanta offers non-stop security monitoring to ensure up-to-the-minute compliance, allowing companies to remain continually updated and secure.
  • Automation: To accelerate and streamline the SOC 2 certification process, Vanta employs automation in compliance tasks, effectively bringing down manual intervention.
  • Integration: Vanta integrates seamlessly with renowned services and platforms such as AWS, GCP, Azure, among others. This broad range of integration options enhances adaptability to various tech environments.

 

Strengths

  • Time Efficiency: Vanta notably diminishes the time and effort allocated for SOC 2 compliance, freeing up valuable resources for companies.
  • Integration: Its wide interoperability with numerous popular platforms ensures adaptability to diverse tech environments.

 

Weaknesses

  • Limited Scope: Functioning as a specialist for SOC 2 compliance, Vanta might fail to appeal to the requirements of other security frameworks or standards desired by certain businesses.
  • Customization: With limited customization capabilities, Vanta may lack the necessary flexibility for businesses with unique compliance requirements or those wanting a more tailored experience.

 

Best for

Vanta is ideally suited for medium to large businesses, particularly those in industries requiring rigorous security compliance standards. This includes sectors such as tech, healthcare, or finance, where compliance with stringent safety standards (e.g., SOC 2, ISO 27001, HIPAA, PCI, and GDPR) is mandatory.

 

3. Scrut Automation

 

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Focused on the automation of cloud configuration testing, Scrut Automation is a powerful cloud security platform developed to add strong layers of cloud-native defense for AWS, Azure, GCP, and more.

 

Key features

  • Automated cloud configurations testing: Scrut Automation continuously checks your cloud configurations against 150+ CIS benchmarks.
  • Historical records: The platform creates a historical record of your security state, allowing you to track improvements over time.
  • Integration: Seamlessly works with popular cloud platforms like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.

 

Strengths

  • In-depth security coverage: With over 150 CIS benchmarks, it effectively protects your cloud environment.
  • Time-efficient: By automating labor-intensive tasks and prioritizing remediations, it accelerates information security progression.

 

Weaknesses

  • Learning curve: Understanding and navigating certain functionalities may take time for users new to cloud security settings.
  • Limited customization: Scrut Automation may offer limited options for customization and personalization based on individual user requirements.

 

Best for

Organizations using cloud computing services from providers like AWS, Azure, and GCP will greatly benefit from Scrut Automation. Its extensive security and compliance coverage make it suitable for large enterprises in need of robust cloud security. 

Medium and smaller businesses looking to fortify their cloud security while preferring an automated process will also find it beneficial.

 

4. Drata

 

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Drata serves as a security and compliance management platform, providing extensive assistance to companies working towards obtaining and upholding SOC 2 compliance. 

Its audit management software simplifies the process of monitoring, managing, and supervising technical and operational controls required for SOC 2 certification.

 

Key Features

  • Asset management: Drata empowers organizations to identify and manage assets like servers, devices, and applications for enhanced control.
  • Policy & procedure templates: The platform offers ready-to-use templates, enabling companies to create internal compliance documentation efficiently.
  • User access reviews: Drata conducts routine user access evaluations to enforce proper access controls.
  • Security training: Continuous employee training and phishing simulations on the platform raise awareness about security threats and best practices.

 

Strengths

  • Automated evidence collection: Drata’s automation of evidence gathering reduces manual work and the possibility of human errors.
  • Exceptional customer support: Users benefit from the platform’s responsive and well-informed support team throughout the compliance journey.

 

Weaknesses

  • Onboarding process: Some users have noted that the onboarding process can be lengthy and intricate, which may result in a slower initial setup.
  • Complex functionality: Non-technical users might find Drata’s extensive functionality challenging to navigate.
  • Scalability: As a relatively new market entrant, Drata may encounter difficulties when scaling to meet the demands of larger organizations with higher-level compliance requirements.
  • Pricing: Drata’s pricing model could be an obstacle for smaller businesses with budget constraints.

 

Best For

Drata is particularly advantageous to organizations aiming to achieve and sustain SOC 2 compliance with minimal manual involvement. 

Due to its advanced automation capabilities, the platform is highly attractive to businesses seeking a more seamless audit experience.

 

5. Sprinto

 

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Sprinto operates as a security and compliance automation platform aimed at aiding businesses to achieve and maintain compliance with multiple frameworks such as SOC 2, ISO 27001, GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI-DSS. Its customized real-time monitoring capabilities allow corporations to continuously track and manage their security and compliance status.

 

Key Features

  • Asset Management: The security compliance feature of Sprinto consolidates risk, maps entity-level controls, and enables automated checks.
  • Policy Implementation: Its automated workflows, policy templates, and action-oriented training modules cater to diverse security compliance requirements.
  • Exceptional Support: Sprinto’s team of experts guide businesses throughout the compliance process, from risk assessment to actualizing audit requirements.
  • Cloud Compatibility: Comprehensive risk assessment and control mapping is achievable owing to Sprinto’s seamless integration with modern business cloud services.

 

Strengths

  • Automation Capabilities: Sprinto significantly lightens the effort needed to achieve compliance due to its automation capabilities.
  • Wide Compliance Coverage: Sprinto’s support for an inclusive set of compliance frameworks enables businesses to manage multiple compliances simultaneously.
  • Expert Support: Sprinto provides expert-driven implementation support from the commencement, ensuring that appropriate controls and practices are implemented.
  • Integration Capability: It works efficiently with many business cloud services enabling proficient mapping of controls and thorough risk assessment.

 

Weaknesses

  • Adaptive Requirements: Businesses must adapt to Sprinto’s platform to leverage the full potential of its automated checks and continuous monitoring features.
  • Customer Support: Some users report room for improvement in Sprinto’s customer service, specifically in terms of response times.

 

Best For

Sprinto is an excellent choice for rapidly expanding cloud companies wanting to streamline their security compliance processes. Its automation abilities and extended compliance coverage make it attractive for businesses desiring a more efficient and less hands-on approach to maintaining security compliance.

 

6. AuditBoard

 

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AuditBoard is a robust, intuitive platform that simplifies audit, risk, and compliance management for enterprises. It empowers businesses to handle detailed audits, compliance, and risk management tasks while showcasing features like seamless accessibility and collaborative capabilities.

 

Key Features

  • Integrated Control Management: AuditBoard offers comprehensive control management for effective audits, risk assessment, control tests, issue tracking, and reporting operations.
  • Operational Auditing: This platform is equipped with tools for the efficient and effortless execution of internal and operational audits.
  • Risk Assessment: With AuditBoard, the identification and management of risks across various organizational departments are streamlined and simplified.
  • Real-time Reporting: Users can take advantage of real-time insights and custom reports for tracking audit progress and resolving issues.

 

Strengths

  • Ease of Use: Known for its user-friendly interface, AuditBoard makes audit and risk assessment activities simpler.
  • Collaboration: The collaboration tools provided enhance communication between internal teams and external auditors.

 

Weaknesses

  • Customer Support: Some customers had reservations concerning the effectiveness and promptness of AuditBoard’s customer service.
  • Less Intuitive Navigation: According to some users, the system navigation can be challenging when dealing with multiple projects.
  • Expensive: Due to its remarkable range of features, AuditBoard carries a proportionally remarkable price tag which may not be affordable for smaller companies.

 

Best for

AuditBoard is an ideal choice for large companies seeking an all-inclusive audit and risk management solution. It is an excellent tool for companies conducting regular internal and operational audits and requiring real-time audit and risk management insights.

 

7. Wiz

 

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Wiz is a cutting-edge cloud security solution that delivers a complete overview of security risks across the entire cloud environment. As a next-generation Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tool, it transcends agent-based solutions by examining the full cloud stack for potential vulnerabilities, configuration problems, and concealed threats.

 

Key features

  • 360-Degree Visibility: Wiz furnishes complete visibility into multi-cloud environments, offering a centralized perspective of security concerns.
  • Smart Remediation: Wiz detects vulnerabilities and presents actionable recommendations for addressing security risks.
  • Collaboration: By utilizing a single platform, Wiz fosters cooperation among DevOps, cloud infrastructure, and security teams.
  • Ongoing Security Monitoring: Wiz persistently surveys cloud environments, identifying and notifying users of security issues or misconfigurations in real-time.

 

Strengths

  • Comprehensive Security: Wiz delivers inclusive security evaluations for all major cloud platforms.
  • Efficient Automation: With automated roles and easy-to-understand dashboards, Wiz streamlines security processes.
  • Simple Setup and Use: Many users attest to Wiz’s ease of implementation and minimal configuration requirements.

 

Weaknesses

  • Insufficient Documentation: A few users have remarked that Wiz’s documentation could be more extensive and in-depth.
  • Pricing Ambiguity: Some reviewers noted that pricing information is not easily accessible, resulting in difficulties in determining the cost of Wiz’s implementation.
  • Frequent Notifications: As Wiz continually monitors cloud environments, certain users may find the volume of notifications overbearing.

 

Best for

Wiz is an ideal choice for businesses operating within multi-cloud environments that prioritize a thorough and holistic understanding of their cloud security position. Companies with intricate cloud infrastructure will greatly benefit from Wiz’s capacity to offer a centralized security viewpoint.

 

8. Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud

 

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud

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Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is an all-inclusive cybersecurity platform that bundles backup, disaster recovery, artificial intelligence-powered malware and ransomware protection, remote assistance, and security into a single ecosystem. The solution’s aim is to deliver a multi-faceted protection approach for data across multiple devices and environments.

 

Key Features

  • Backup and disaster recovery: Acronis safeguards data consistently with its robust backup resolutions, presenting disaster recovery alternatives in case of significant issues.
  • Cyber security: Utilizes AI and machine learning technologies to spot and counteract emerging threats proficiently.
  • Patch management: Identifies and promptly updates outdated software iterations, lowering the risks of vulnerabilities.
  • Remote assistance: Delivers remote support, allowing users and administrators to handle issues from anywhere promptly.

 

Strengths

  • Comprehensive Safeguarding: Supplies multi-layered protection via an integrated approach to backup, security, and disaster recovery.
  • User-friendly Experience: Users commend the platform for its intuitive interface and accessible navigation.
  • Dependable Backup and Recovery: Acronis’ performance in data backup and rejuvenation is widely appreciated.

 

Weaknesses

  • Occasional Performance Hiccups: Some end-users noted that the application might experience sluggishness, particularly during intensive backup tasks.
  • Technical Support Concerns: A few customers mentioned delays and subpar experiences when interacting with the support team.
  • Under-elaborate Reporting: Certain clients suggest the need for more comprehensive report analysis with additional details in the platform’s reporting feature.

 

Best for

Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud is a recommendable solution for organizations emphasizing robust, all-around cybersecurity measures. Its inclusive nature deems it an advantageous choice for companies across diverse sectors such as IT, retail, healthcare, finance, and any other field where data security is of utmost importance.

 

9. Druva Data Resiliency Cloud

 

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Druva Data Resiliency Cloud presents itself as a SaaS-driven data protection and management tool, providing reliable backup, disaster recovery, and information governance across numerous environments, such as endpoints, data centers, and cloud-centric applications.

 

Key Features

  • Combined Data Protection: Druva furnishes dependable, unified backup and recuperation solutions for endpoints, data centers, and SaaS-based applications.
  • Disaster Recoil: Proposes a simplistic, prompt, and economical approach for unexpected disaster recovery needs.
  • Global Deduplication: Druva’s worldwide deduplication facilitates proficient storage and bandwidth use, cutting costs and accelerating backups.
  • Security and Regulatory Compliance: The solution guarantees data safety following multiple regulations like GDPR, offering encryption, access regulation, and audit tracks.

 

Strengths

  • SaaS Deployment: Being a SaaS-based solution, Druva makes deployment, upkeep, and scalability easier, lessening the load on IT staff.
  • Effective Data Handling: Druva offers a centralized dashboard for managing data protection activities across varying environments, streamlining data management processes.
  • Cost-Efficiency: It removes hardware and infrastructural costs, making it a more budget-friendly solution.
  • Client Support: Druva is applauded for its approachable and competent customer support.

 

Weaknesses

  • Handling Extensive Data Sets: Reports suggest that performance may drop when dealing with hefty data sets, making it potentially unsuitable for businesses handling large scale data processing.
  • Intricate Pricing Architecture: Some users have indicated that Druva’s pricing structure can be puzzling and may lack transparency.

 

Best for

Druva Data Resiliency Cloud is a commendable choice for organizations of all magnitudes to secure a SaaS-based, cost-effective, and uncomplicated data protection service. It caters well to businesses with scattered environments, inclusive of endpoints and varying data center applications.

Businesses with substantial data volumes or bespoke customization requirements might want to explore alternatives or assess Druva’s performance prior to making a commitment.

 

10. Duo Security

 

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Duo Security, a subsidiary of Cisco, offers a cloud-based solution for security access, safeguarding users, data, and applications from potential breaches. It verifies the identities of users and device health prior to granting application access, ensuring alignment with business security compliance mandates.

 

Key Features

  • Two-factor Authentication (2FA): Duo reinforces secure network and application access by implementing a complementary form of authentication on top of the primary password.
  • Device Trust: Duo equips businesses with insights into every device accessing their applications, permitting access only after verifying their alignment with security standards.
  • Adaptive Authentication: Duo employs adaptive policies and machine learning to bolster access security based on user behavior and device intelligence.
  • Secure Single Sign-On (SSO): Users enjoy smooth, secure access to all enterprise applications through Duo’s SSO feature.

 

Strengths

  • User-friendly: Duo’s configuration and deployment are hassle-free and it boasts a user-friendly interface.
  • Robust Security: Duo’s two-factor authentication minimizes the risk of unauthorized access.
  • Extensive Integration: Duo seamlessly integrates with an array of existing VPNs, cloud applications, and network infrastructures.
  • Customer Support: Duo’s support team is recognized for their responsiveness and effectiveness.

 

Weaknesses

  • Inadequate Granular Control: For users seeking advanced customization options or specific controls, Duo Security may fall short, especially in policy configuration.
  • Software Updates: A few users have experienced issues or interruptions after implementing software updates.
  • Pricing: Small businesses or startups may find Duo’s pricing structure on higher side.
  • User Interface: Some users believe the interface could be upgraded and more aesthetically appealing.

 

Best for

Duo’s cross-compatibility with multiple applications and devices makes it an effective solution for businesses with a diverse software suite.

 

Top 10 Secureframe Alternatives: Comparative Analysis

Here is a comparative analysis of the top 10 alternatives to Secureframe, which will aid your selection of an ideal software for your respective needs.

 

Secureframe-Alternatives table comparision

Stick With the Best 

When it comes to picking the right software, a detailed analysis of key features, pricing, and user experiences can narrow down options and streamline your decision-making process.

With an array of management tools available in the market, it’s pivotal to choose one that matches your organization’s specific requirements.

Among these security software, Cyber Sierra stands out due to its potent blend of extensive features and sophisticated protection.

The platform’s user-friendly interface allows swift and effortless enactment of important security protocols that give your business an added layer of defense against cyber vulnerabilities.

Schedule a demo today and learn how Cyber Sierra can optimally secure your business.

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Srividhya Karthik

Srividhya Karthik is a seasoned content marketer and the Head of Marketing at Cyber Sierra. With a firm belief in the power of storytelling, she brings years of experience to create engaging narratives that captivate audiences. She also brings valuable insights from her work in the field of cybersecurity and compliance, possessing a deep understanding of the challenges and pain points faced by customers in these domains.

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