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Four Steps To Uplevel your Compliance Strategy

Being cybersecurity compliant is increasingly ingrained in the day-to-day operations of organizations of all sizes. It has also emerged as a standard requirement for conducting business, as more customers assess the companies they work with based on their ability to achieve and maintain compliance.

At the same time, cloud-native organizations are processing a staggering amount of data, which is only projected to increase in the coming years, putting SaaS organizations at higher risk for a breach. Therefore, key compliancy frameworks like SOC 2, HIPAA, PCI DSS, and ISO 27001 are essential milestones for cloud-first companies as they require critical security protocols to secure infrastructure and data. 

To put things in perspective, the average cost to become SOC 2 compliant is anywhere from $20-80k, whereas the average cost of a data breach is estimated at $8.19M, according to IBM and the Ponemon Institute. Yet, just 18% of SaaS companies surveyed have either secured SOC 2 or ISO 27001 certifications, with only 13% having both. 

Security and Compliance Drives Business Value

At Threat Stack, we understand that achieving and maintaining and compliant status unlocks new potential to drive further business value for your organization. But there’s no denying that cybersecurity and compliance are increasingly interconnected. As government regulations become stricter to protect customer data, organizations must overhaul IT security and data management protocols to stay compliant. As a result, achieving compliance is no longer a linear checklist of actions but rather an evolutionary journey that keeps cybersecurity professionals on their toes. Therefore, we’ve announced enhanced compliance functions within the Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform® to harden your cloud security posture, simplify being and remaining compliant, and accelerate the audit process. 

Our new compliance classifiers allow Threat Stack customers to assign our industry-leading rules directly to common frameworks, supplying security leaders with a clear picture of their current compliance posture. Rules can also be set without any alerting, allowing customers to monitor priority alerts while still staying compliant. Compliancy classifiers also enable cybersecurity leaders to set and configure security controls required to satisfy required certifications. In continuing on our path of innovation, we’re also working to leverage these rules to associate the MITRE ATT&CK framework as well.

Additionally, Threat Stack now equips customers with enhanced compliance reporting. Monthly reports are delivered directly within the platform, collecting and centralizing the required information needed to help pass the security components of compliance audits. Compliance reports are aligned to particular compliance frameworks and are easily accessible so customers can respond to ad hoc audit requests. 

Four Steps of the Compliance Lifecycle 

We’ve incorporated these new features into the Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform to address the four steps of the compliance lifecycle: observe, classify, demonstrate and maintain. 

Let’s explore the four steps further related to key new functions within the platform. 

  • Step 1: Observe your stack with telemetry. We monitor across your cloud management console, hosts, containers, Kubernetes, and applications to give you full visibility into your environment and support your journey to become compliant. 
  • Step 2: Classify your behavior with custom rules. We deploy our out-of-the-box and customizable rules in combination with ThreatML with supervised learning to quickly identify, classify, and alert on all events in your environment associated with common compliance standards. 
  • Step 3: Demonstrate compliance with advanced reporting. Our advanced reporting collects and centralizes critical information needed to accelerate and pass compliance audits. Reports are aligned to common SOC 2, PSI DSS, HIPAA, ISO 27001 and other frameworks, and are easily accessible to respond to additional requests during an audit. 
  • Step 4: Maintain your posture with Threat Stack Oversight and Insight  Services. Our service offerings (Oversight and Insight) augment your security program and help support being continuously compliant. Take advantage of our 24/7/365 SOC and advisory support for maintaining your compliance posture and passing audits.

Continuing on Our Path of Innovation

Traditional approaches to compliance no longer scale with today’s complex stack of diverse infrastructures and applications. But the Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform diminishes the nuisances surrounding compliance and accelerates the audit process through advanced visibility, controls, and reporting. At Threat Stack, we’re committed to continuing on our path of innovation. By maturing our platform and compliance capabilities with key enrichments like classifiers and comprehensive reporting, you have the added support needed to achieve and maintain your cybersecurity goals, while staying compliant. 

Interested in exploring how Threat Stack can help with your cybersecurity goals? Check out our compliance solutions page and ebook for more information.