• Compliance & Policy 

In today's digital age, compliance and standards are crucial in protecting a company's cybersecurity and can actually help enable business success. It's important to remember that compliance should not be an afterthought or simply viewed as an additional layer of bureaucracy or unnecessary expense that hinders commercial activity. Instead, companies should start by creating a policy that supports their business objectives and incorporates appropriate frameworks and controls for relevant compliance standards. Always keep the end goal in mind when developing policies to ensure that they align with your business objectives.

To give some specific examples of how companies use compliance and standards for cybersecurity, a bank might use the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) to ensure that its customers' credit card data is appropriately protected. Similarly, a healthcare provider might use the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to ensure that they are adequately safeguarding their patients' medical records. In comparison, a social media company might use the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to ensure that it sufficiently protects its users' data.

In addition, a software company might use the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 27001 standard to establish and implement a comprehensive information security management system (ISMS). This standard provides a framework for companies to manage and protect their information assets, including sensitive data, intellectual property, and other confidential information.

By following compliance requirements and standards, companies can help protect their data and systems from cyber threats, avoid regulatory fines, and maintain their reputation. It also ensures that the company's cybersecurity measures comply with the relevant laws, regulations, and industry standards, which is critical for the company's long-term success and growth.