What is the Risk Management Framework (RMF)?

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The Defense Industrial Base (DIB) supply chain is integral to the security and well-being of our country and includes everyone from government agencies to IT contractors providing software, applications and cloud services to those agencies. It seems obvious that the regulations pertaining to these companies and their products would be more stringent than others, and would include more than simple security measures. That’s where RMF plays a major role. 

In this article, we discuss RMF and how it breaks down into actionable steps. Furthermore, we will discuss the importance of risk management for DoD contractors and why you should work with experts in managing your own risk. 

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Who Performs SOC 2 Audits? The Importance of Cybersecurity Expertise in Auditing

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Service Organization Control (SOC) audits exist to demonstrate a business or other organization’s readiness in areas like cybersecurity, risk management, data management and other areas. These certifications, especially from SOC 2 audits,  are highly sought-after because they show how dedicated your organization is to the safety and security of user data. These audits, conducted by certified SOC auditors, are intended to be a thorough and rigorous examination of your capabilities and how they promote guiding principles of security, privacy and confidentiality. 

Because of the licensing and authorization structure of the SOC auditing ecosystem, however, it is sometimes difficult to understand the capabilities of an auditor. Even now, some firms advertise SOC 2 audits that take as little as 2-4 weeks! 

This article attempts to dispel the myth of a rapid SOC 2 audit, and why working with trained and dedicated security firms supports better cybersecurity practices. 

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What is the Difference Between SOC Reports?

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System and Organization Controls Audits and reporting are fundamental activities in our IT-driven business environments. An independent framework, SOC report variations (SOC 1, 2 and 3) provide your business with ways to assess your security and provide proof to potential clients and partners that you are implementing effective security and privacy controls to protect their data. 

Here, we’ll cover some of the basics of SOC audits, including the differences between SOC 1, 2 and 3 reports. 

 

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