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Reframing compliance with a threat model
This article is part of the May 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 4 issue of Information Security magazine
The weight of compliance on businesses has never been higher. The changing landscape of regulatory requirements, limited personnel budgets, non-comprehensive solutions, and increasing consulting costs associated with compliance audits has financially debilitated many companies, both large and small, across multiple industries. Without recognizing the inception of most regulatory requirements, some CISOs may think that the alphabet soup of compliance-affiliated acronyms has served no one; it has simply deepened the financial pockets of security consultants and compliance auditors. As a result, the perception of the value of compliance has taken a toll, without diminishing its need. We are left with a broken belief system of what compliance actually brings to organizations beyond a Record of Compliance or Authority to Operate (ATO). So, what went wrong, and how do security professionals begin to rethink compliance? It all hinges on execution. Managing perception Corporate compliance initiatives largely originate from within ...
Features in this issue
Peter G. Neumann shares his thoughts on the inherent complexity of trustworthiness and the evolutionary promise of clean-slate architectures.
Too many compliance programs miss the mark. Tony UcedaVelez explains how leveraging a threat model can re-energize your strategy.
It’s hard to declare Apple security as superior to its competitors, but it’s also hard to fault it as inferior.
Assumption of breach is the new norm. Can this shift help organizations build better levels of data breach protection?
Columns in this issue
Marcus Ranum, security expert and Information Security magazine columnist, goes one-on-one with clean-slate luminary Peter G. Neumann of SRI International and formerly Bell Labs.
Managers need more training about technical security threats and input into IT policies that threaten productivity.