How to Drive Efficiencies When Meeting Compliance Under a Deadline

Let’s say you just found out that you need to be compliant with HIPAA or PCI DSS in order to win a big piece of new business for your organization.

Whether it’s a potential customer, a partner, a regulatory body or government making the demand, business often can’t move forward without demonstrable compliance with certain frameworks. And these can be thorny, complex, and time-consuming to meet.

You’ve heard the horror stories about becoming compliant — it can take twice as long as expected to get all your requirements up to par; it can cost way more than budgeted; and sometimes organizations don’t pass an audit even after all that hard work. 

So what do you do?

We know meeting compliance isn’t a walk in the park. But if you’re prepared, you can cut to the chase a lot faster, within budget, and with fewer hiccups along the way. In this post, we’ll share a framework you can follow so you can get on the fast track to compliance. While a lot of tasks are involved in meeting compliance, there are ways to gain efficiencies as you work to meet a broad range of requirements. 

Ready to dive in? Read more “How to Drive Efficiencies When Meeting Compliance Under a Deadline”

Five Questions to Ask When a Customer or Partner Asks You to Become Compliant

If you operate in a regulated industry, or have customers or partners who do, being compliant is non-negotiable. If regulatory requirements mandate compliance, you’ll be required to produce certain evidence in order to be certifiably compliant. And in order for many customers to do business with you, you need to be able to demonstrate how you’re compliant.

But before you jump right in, there are a few questions you should be asking yourself and your customers or partners. These are designed to clarify their expectations and help to scope out their compliance requirements. Becoming compliant is a large undertaking, so knowing where to start is just as important as knowing where to end. That’s why understanding exactly what your customers or partners require of you can help to narrow the scope and keep your team focused on the right compliance initiatives.

Based on conversations we’ve had with customers, here are five clarifying questions to ask yourselves internally when a customer or prospect inquires about compliance. Read more “Five Questions to Ask When a Customer or Partner Asks You to Become Compliant”

Working With Threat Stack Sample Compliance Rule Sets

The Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform® is an important tool for companies with cloud compliance initiatives, including HIPAA, PCI, SOC 2, and FFIEC. To help our customers with these initiatives, Threat Stack has released four new example rulesets with monitoring rules that map to each of these compliance frameworks. This post is an introduction to these rule sets, and explains how to:

  • Request the rule sets
  • Use the compliance rule sets
  • Customize compliance rules
  • Create new compliance rules

(If you’re not a customer, this post will give you an excellent insight into one of Threat Stack’s powerful characteristics — the ability to create, clone, and edit rules in order to reflect the specific nature of your environment.) Read more “Working With Threat Stack Sample Compliance Rule Sets”

Compliance in the Cloud: Q&A Webinar Recap

On April 25th, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ryan Buckner, Principal at Schellman & Company and Kevin Eberman, Director of Ops at MineralTree during a webinar on compliance in the cloud.

Using the cloud as our lens, we discussed the ways in which companies can better understand and navigate compliance. You can view the entire webinar or read our recap below. Read more “Compliance in the Cloud: Q&A Webinar Recap”

Meeting Compliance in the Cloud ≠ A Choice

In the past, we’ve talked about various ways that compliance can add value to your business. But what happens when you don’t attain or maintain compliance. (Note: In the following, we focus on PCI, but equally unpleasant consequences can result, of course, if you fail to meet other standards such as HIPAA, SOC 2, etc.). Read more “Meeting Compliance in the Cloud ≠ A Choice”

Springbuk Case Study: How to Get Ahead of Compliance and Security Requirements on AWS

This is a guest blog post by Steve Caldwell, Director of Engineering at Springbuk, a health analytics software company that unifies pharmacy, biometric, and activity data, as well as medical claims to help employers make better decisions about employee health benefit programs.

As a health analytics company, Springbuk helps companies make better decisions around disease prevention and management through data. As such, meeting HIPAA requirements and following security best practices are very important to us; to ensure that we’re always compliant and as secure as possible, we needed to get a better handle on how security was managed across the organization. Read more “Springbuk Case Study: How to Get Ahead of Compliance and Security Requirements on AWS”

FFIEC Guidance: A Cloud Security Perspective

As reported in a recent post on our blog, banks are rapidly moving to the cloud. Another recent post discussed how banks can make this move securely. If you are a financial institution looking to make the move to the cloud, this post can help you meet the information security program management requirements of the FFIEC Information Technology Examination Handbook published in September 2016 (“the Handbook”).

Read more “FFIEC Guidance: A Cloud Security Perspective”

Three Good Reasons to Get Compliant Now

When things are hectic at your organization, compliance may not feel like the highest priority. If you aren’t in an industry that absolutely requires compliance, it can feel like a box to check — more of a nice-to-have than a must-do. In other cases, it may seem like a good idea . . . but one that can be kicked down the road indefinitely. However, we believe it’s a good idea to approach compliance early — often earlier than you may think.

Indeed, there are some situations in which compliance can actually move the needle in a big way for your business, either positively or negatively. Here are three specific, value-driven reasons why you should consider being proactive about compliance and get out ahead of it before it’s too late. Read more “Three Good Reasons to Get Compliant Now”

Demonstrating PCI Compliance Using Threat Stack

PCI Security Standards are technical and operational requirements set by the PCI Security Standards Council to protect cardholder data. Threat Stack customers frequently ask us how Threat Stack can help them comply with these two sets of requirements:

  • Requirement 10: Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data (in other words, determine the who, what, where, and when)

  • Requirement 11: Regularly test security systems and processes (in order to continuously monitor and test security controls)

The good news is that the following Threat Stack features can provide significant benefits to customers who need to satisfy PCI Compliance Requirements 10 and 11:

  • Configuration Auditing
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Rules monitoring file integrity, logins, network access, and threat intelligence activity

In the remainder of this post, we’ll demonstrate how these can help you meet your PCI compliance and security goals. Read more “Demonstrating PCI Compliance Using Threat Stack”