A data breach makes headlines practically every week. And the largest, most disciplined multinational corporations with seemingly endless resources are not immune. Global trends are towards more and more regulatory oversight concerning data and information management. Google, Equifax, Facebook, Target, Saks, and the like can endure multi-million dollar (and Euro) fines and disastrous PR, but can your organization?

Making GRC A Strategic Differentiator

The irony about GDPR, SOC, PCI, and ISO 27001 is that these standards only prescribe how we should be operating our businesses anyway. Our client and employee data is invaluable for many reasons and deserves our most diligent protection and safeguards. If you’re following even minimal best practices in data governance and business process, you’re well on your way to certification. And increasingly, having that certification will mean the difference between winning that new business or losing them to a competitor who does have the certification.

1CloudSky’s GRC consulting can help you assess your current GRC readiness, identify gaps, and map out a strategy for achieving certification. We can dive deep into the technical challenges, from developing formal SDLC and configuration management policies to implementing intrusion detection systems and conducting 3rd party penetration testing. The clients we’ve helped prepare for audit have consistently passed the first time.

SOC Type 2

SOC Type 2 certification, formerly known as SAS-70 Type 2), is an audited demonstration that your software, services, or consulting firm has implemented business controls to ensure data security, availability and continuity, and integrity of operations. The standards behind SOC Type 2 is owned and managed by the AICPA (the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants)

SOC Type 2 is a gold standard in assuring clients and partners that your business meets modern standards of data security and continuity. Most large US-based firms recognize SOC and many require SOC certification for their data providers. 1CloudSky has been through the SOC 2 preparation and audit process a few times, both for ourselves and our clients. We’re experts in IT controls and business processes. Most SOC 2 audits fail on the first attempt: engaging us from the outset can help you pass the audit on the first attempt, saving you thousands in duplicate audit fees and months, perhaps a year, of lost time and business opportunity.

ISO 27001

ISO 27001, or more formally ISO/IEC 27001:2005, is a comprehensive specification for an Information Security Management System (ISMS), a framework of policies and procedures that includes all legal, physical, and technical controls involved in an organization’s information and risk management processes. It was developed to provide a model for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving an ISMS.

1CloudSky’s ISO 27001 consulting practice is a globally-experienced team who can assess your current state, identify gaps, and help you define and document the policies needed to comply with the standard. We can furthermore conduct risk assessments and internal audits, synthesizing all stakeholders and partners, and better prepare your organization for ISO 27001 accreditation.

GDPR

In 2018 the European Union took the bold action of implementing the comprehensive, unifying data privacy legislation known as General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. This broadly scoped legislation recognizes the global challenge inherent in today’s data governance and extends the EU’s legal nexus to any organization in the world that does business within the EU. At its heart, GDPR is designed to protect the personal information of EU citizens.

GDPR focuses on business transparency and expanding the rights of individuals regarding their personal information. It requires full disclosure of a company’s intended use for personal information they collect, establishes that personal information is owned by the individual, and provides for weighty penalties for companies who violate GDPR tenets. 1CloudSky has helped organizations in and out of the EU identify their obligations and responsibilities regarding GDPR and implement processes to safeguard for people worldwide–it’s just good business practice.