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What Compliance is Right-Sized for YOU?!?!

Compliance frameworks have become a critical component for organizations in an increasingly regulated world. With the constant changes in technology and privacy regulations, companies must implement compliance frameworks to manage risks, protect data, and safeguard sensitive information. But with so many frameworks to choose from, it can be very overwhelming to choose the right one for your organization. So, how exactly do you go about picking the right compliance framework? This article will outline some of the key components to consider when choosing a compliance framework that best fits your organization's specific needs.

First you need to understand the industry-specific regulatory requirements your organization must comply with making it somewhat easier choosing the right compliance framework. Regulations vary from industry to industry, so it’s essential to understand the compliance gaps in your processes, procedures, and internal and external systems. Whether it be ISO 27001, NIST 800 series, GDPR, CCPA, SOX, or HIPAA you have to choose at least something to start with. Once you’ve identified the regulatory environment in which your organization operates, you can begin to evaluate compliance frameworks that address your specific needs.

The next thing your organization should do is Identify a set of security objectives that can unite with the compliance framework(s) your business operates. This includes understanding your organization's unique risk appetite, vulnerabilities, and security needs. Some organizations may have a higher risk tolerance, while others may prioritize confidentiality and privacy. Your organization's security objectives should drive the selection of your regulatory compliance framework(s). For example, ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized security standard that provides a comprehensive framework for managing and protecting sensitive data. While the NIST 800 series can pinpoint specific objectives and goals within their publications. GDPR, and HIPAA focuses on the privacy and security of PII or PHI or E-PHI.

While compliance frameworks are designed to elevate your organization's security posture, they can impose substantial operational challenges and changes. When choosing a compliance framework, consider both the long-term impact on the organization and the short-term effects on front-line employees. For example, implementing compliance regulations requires careful documentation, training, and changes to technology systems. While these changes are necessary to protect specific data types, they can also create operational challenges. Therefore, it's essential to balance the benefits of implementing the framework with the impact on your organization's day-to-day processes.

Compliance frameworks can come with significant costs associated with personnel, technology, and maintenance. However, failing to comply with regulations can create even more significant financial and reputational implications. When evaluating the cost of compliance, consider the total cost of ownership of the framework fully. This includes the initial implementation costs, ongoing maintenance, and the cost of personnel required to maintain said compliance controls.

If your organization is having a difficult time choosing the right compliance framework, it may benefit to hire consultants that specialize in compliance and compliance management. Or, your organization may choose to implement a compliance management software. This software can help your organization navigate multiple frameworks simultaneously, bring visibility to data management, monitor compliance status in real-time, identify and mitigate risks, among other things. But, any good compliance consultant can help you do the same without expensive software solutions.

Choosing the right compliance framework for your organization is a critical decision that requires significant analysis and strategizing. You must identify the regulatory requirements, security objectives, and operational impacts to effectively choose and implement a compliance framework. Additionally, evaluate the cost of implementing and maintaining the framework with the benefits it brings to your organization. By following these steps, you can make an informed decision that ensures your organization is secure, compliant, and maintains an impeccable reputation. Remember, compliance is not an option; it is a must-have in today's business world.

If your organization is still struggling to make a decision about which framework or frameworks best suit the business, it’s best to choose a singular compliance framework. When selecting the framework, review the controls and start creating policies, standards and procedures for a single control or control family. The most important thing is that you make a decision and start measuring its effectiveness. If you still need assistance choosing where to start, Securadin is here to help you!


-Shane Griewahn

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