Audit and Compliance

Audit and Compliance

Cyber Security Experts understand the importance associated with achieving and sustaining compliance governance. Interpreting and implementing an audit and compliance program can be a tough task for small businesses. Our IT security compliance consultants are available and prepared to help you successfully negotiate your compliance mandates. A typical engagement involves a comprehensive assessment of policies, procedures, network design, perimeter security, specific compliance controls and other technical requirements. We can help with:

  • SSAE18

With 15+ years of expertise in compliance and certified assessors, we believe we offer our clients an edge. Our experienced security compliance consultants will help you cut through the governance jargon to get to the heart of where your organization stands, what gaps require remediation and step-by-step recommendations for closing the gaps to get you compliant.

Compliance mandates are necessary, but often become significant disruptions for many businesses. We want to see small businesses succeed. For the compliance frameworks that we support, we have competitively priced them to ensure core consumers that take advantage of the service.

Compliance Assessments

The Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act Health (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rule is designed to create boundaries for the use or release of health records. HIPAA establishes safeguards to secure the protected health information (PHI) of patients. Businesses that handle or process hard copies or electronic PHI must maintain compliance with three essential elements to avoid penalties and fines for the Office of Civil Rights.

These three elements represent just about every operational aspect of your business. The summarized elements are your policies and record keeping, technology safeguards and building safety. If your company has to be HIPAA compliant – we will become your trusted adviser to lead your through the process.

The Health Information Trust Alliance or (HITRUST) certification was created to contend with the absence of specific technology safeguard recommendation in HIPAA Privacy and Security Rule. HITRUST is a security framework founded on the NIST 800-53 security framework, but tailored for the healthcare industry. 

With assistance from Cyber Security Experts, the HITRUST common security framework (CSF) can be achieved in five lengthy steps:

1. Schedule an assessment with Cyber Security Experts

2. Correct the deficiencies noted in the evaluation

3. Validate that there are no outstanding shortcomings

4.  Make an appeal to the HITRUST Alliance with CSF evidence.

5.  Complete the audit with a HITRUST CSF assessor.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to ensure that any organization, company or business entity that accepts, processes, stores or transmits credit card information maintain a secure environment. PCI DSS standards were set forth by major payment card brands, such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB. 

The security safeguards mandate payment card processing businesses to comply with 12 general data security requirements. Within the 12 data security requirements are more than 200 individual controls that may be applicable depending on what level of your company is assigned by its sponsor bank. Cyber Security Experts stands ready to help you conquer this certification process. 

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s oldest and largest member association representing the audit and accounting professionals since 1887.  AICPA maintains oversight for Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) with version 18 being the latest revision (SSAE-18). Three Service Organization Control (SOC) reports were created by the AICPA with designations of SOC 1, SOC 2 and SOC 3.

1. SOC 1 – Report on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to User Entities’ Internal Control over Financial Reporting

2. SOC 2 – Report on Controls at a Service Organization Relevant to Security, Availability, Processing Integrity, Confidentiality or Privacy

SOC 3 – Deprecated in 2017

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