Top Reasons Compliance Programs Fail and How to Minimize Exposure

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Compliance Gaps

Compliance Challenge #1: Compliance Gaps

In the alphabet soup that is today's regulatory compliance landscape, there are several prominent standards that are so broadly implemented that organizations often mistakenly believe that adhering to one, and one alone, is sufficient for building an effective, legally defensible compliance program. But did you know that though ISO 27002 has 238 direct controls, only 16 percent of them overlap with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), which mandates 174 direct controls? And when these two standards are compared with PCI DSS 3.0, which has 293 direct controls, only nine common controls span across all three.

To reduce audit requirements and curb compliance chaos, organizations must find ways to more efficiently analyze these gaps and overlaps.

Companies are struggling to understand and implement the right policies and controls to meet ever-evolving compliance mandates. Yet strict adherence to individual compliance standards means they've likely implemented controls they do not need, while inadvertently leaving out important controls necessary for an effective program. This cookie-cutter approach can actually leave organizations more exposed than ever before to potential security risks and controls failures.

In this slideshow, Unified Compliance CEO, Craig Isaacs, explores current compliance gaps, major compliance challenges and practical tips to create more effective compliance programs.

 

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