Introduction to Targeted Risk Analysis (TRA) in PCI DSS 4.0

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The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) recently released a new document guiding targeted risk analysis. This approach to security is a cornerstone of the PCI DSS 4.0 update, and yet, for many businesses, this is something new that they may need help understanding. 

This article will discuss Targeted Risk Analysis, its role in PCI DSS 4.0, and how your organization can consider implementing these measures as part of their compliance efforts.


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What Is Proactive Cybersecurity? Preparing for Threats Before They Strike

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Modern cybersecurity is about more than just reacting to threats as they emerge. Adopting proactive cybersecurity measures is not just a strategic advantage; it’s an operational necessity that can spell the difference between business as usual and breaches that erode customer trust and shareholder value.

Whether you’re a cybersecurity veteran or new to the domain, understanding the urgency and advantages of proactive cybersecurity can help your organization stay ahead of emerging threats and avoid the significant costs associated with data breaches and compliance failures.


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CMMC 2.0, NIST, and Risk Management

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Cyber threats continue to grow in complexity and sophistication. To address this evolution, the Department of Defense has introduced the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 to ensure that defense contractors maintain robust cybersecurity practices to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). 

To address one of the most important processes in modern security (risk management), CMMC 2.0 includes some risk assessment requirements. 

This article will explore risk management’s vital role in achieving CMMC 2.0 compliance and its connection to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) guidelines, specifically NIST SP 800-171. We will delve into the various control families of NIST 800-171 and 800-172, their impact on risk management, and the steps organizations can take to address potential risks effectively.

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