How to Build a Cybersecurity Program for An Organization

Image of an infographic showing the sixsteps of developing a cybersecurity program.

How to Build a Cybersecurity Program for Your Organization

Cybersecurity is the protection of your information and systems from unauthorized access, damage, or theft. Cybersecurity is not only a technical issue, but also a business issue. It affects your reputation, customer trust, legal compliance, and operational efficiency.

If your organization has no formal cybersecurity department or structure, no formal policies, standards, or guidelines identified or implemented, and no physical security infrastructure, you may be vulnerable to cyberattacks that can compromise your data, disrupt your operations, and harm your stakeholders.

In this blog post, we will highlight how you can build a cybersecurity program from scratch.

(more…)

Share

Comments Off on How to Build a Cybersecurity Program for An Organization

NBA Fines And Non-Compliance Lessons for SMBs

Image of an arrangement with money, gavel, calculator, and contract illustrating the consequences of non-compliance with laws, rules, and regulations.

NBA Fines And Non-Compliance Lessons for SMBs

Regulations on the local, state, and federal levels are on the rise and this is putting a lot of pressure on compliance efforts of Small and Medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and exposing the fact that these organizations can only avoid costly fines and/or lawsuits for non-compliance by maintaining strict compliance throughout their information management processes.

I found the fines levied by the National Basketball Association (NBA) on players including the likes of the late Los Angeles Lakers Great, Kobe Bryant, and Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, among others, as a good lesson on the cost of non-compliance.

The NBA has consistently fined players who were in non-compliance of its rules and these violations range from the serious to what one could argue is the absurd – like kicking a ball in frustration or throwing a basketball into the stands in celebration of a win.

(more…)

Share

Comments Off on NBA Fines And Non-Compliance Lessons for SMBs

Strengthening Your Organization’s Security with CIS Critical Security Controls

Ilustration showing a man and a woman with laptops performing a system audit with the five CIS Critical Security Controls outlined on a page in a binder.

In today’s digital landscape, where security threats loom large, safeguarding your organization’s sensitive data and digital assets is paramount. Fortunately, the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Critical Security Controls offers a practical roadmap to bolster your security posture.

In this article, we will explore how any organization, regardless of size or industry, can enhance its security using the CIS Critical Security Controls.

What are the CIS Security Controls?

The CIS Critical Security Controls (CIS Controls) are a prescriptive, prioritized, and simplified set of best practices that you can use to strengthen your organization’s cybersecurity posture. Today, thousands of cybersecurity practitioners from around the world use the CIS Controls and/or contribute to their development via a community consensus process.

(more…)

Share

Comments Off on Strengthening Your Organization’s Security with CIS Critical Security Controls

Navigating White-Collar Crimes: Unveiling the Lack of Recognition Theory

Image of handcuffs, a gavel and icons symbolizing money laundering, bribery, embezzlement, and the words "White-Collar Crimes" and "Corruption" written on a gray background.

Decoding White-Collar Crimes: Unveiling the Lack of Recognition Theory Through Real-Life Scenarios

In the complex world of corporate conduct, the “Lack of Recognition” theory stands out as a compelling force behind unintentional white-collar crimes. This theory not only encompasses employees feeling undervalued but also sheds light on situations where individuals inadvertently breach laws, rules, or regulations.

To explore this concept, consider the following white-collar crime definition:

What Are White-Collar Crimes?

White collar crimes refer to non-violent crimes committed through deceptive practices, for the purpose of financial gain. Typically, white-collar crimes are committed by business people who are able to access large amounts of money, though the term is sometimes applied to others who pilfer monies in other circumstances. White collar crimes are non-violent, and are committed by a broad range of activities, such as insider trading.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the challenges posed by the Lack of Recognition theory, exploring strategies that compliance officers can deploy to mitigate white-collar crime with the help of real-life examples and case studies to bring these concepts to life.

(more…)

Share

Comments Off on Navigating White-Collar Crimes: Unveiling the Lack of Recognition Theory

Building a Robust Anti-Corruption Framework: Safeguarding Business Integrity in a Global Marketplace

Image depicting anti-corruption effort showing a justice scale and the words "Anti-Corruption Framework" written on it. It has a man wearing a blue suit and a red tie in a cage on one scale pointing to a bag of money on the other scale.

In today’s interconnected global marketplace, maintaining the highest standards of ethical conduct is non-negotiable. Recent challenges faced by companies emphasize the need for a comprehensive anti-corruption framework to safeguard business integrity.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore key policies and practices to enhance corporate integrity, addressing both internal employee conduct and the critical realm of third-party vendor relationships, paying particular attention to key policies and practices that every company, especially major retailers, should adopt to prevent internal and third-party corruption risks.

In light of the recent compliance concerns regarding potential corrupt behavior by some third-party vendors, it is crucial that organizations enhance efforts to prevent such activities.

(more…)

Share

Comments Off on Building a Robust Anti-Corruption Framework: Safeguarding Business Integrity in a Global Marketplace

A Guide to Compliance and Risk Management for Cybersecurity

Image showing security shields for data security and risk protection at a data center.

Safeguarding Your Digital Fortress: A Guide to Compliance and Risk Management for Cybersecurity

Introduction

The battle to protect sensitive information and maintain the trust of clients and stakeholders is of paramount importance, especially now. Cybersecurity is at the forefront of our  defense in this battle, and it is underpinned by two critical pillars: compliance and risk management.

In this article, we will explore the significance of compliance and risk management in an organization and provide clear steps on how to leverage both to fortify your cybersecurity defenses. Whether you’re a small startup or a multinational corporation, this guide will help you navigate the complex world of cybersecurity with ease.

(more…)

Share

Comments Off on A Guide to Compliance and Risk Management for Cybersecurity