Continuous Auditing vs Continuous Monitoring

Monitoring is an established component of the information security process which goes hand in hand with auditing. Auditing is used to document an organization’s compliance activities. Where monitoring protects the data by responding to threats, Auditing provides proof of a continued compliance effort. By taking a “security-first” approach, companies can use continuous auditing and monitoring to provide evidence of their cybersecurity protections.

How to Measure Internal Audit Performance

Ever-increasing cybersecurity threats have made data security a staple in all businesses that transmit, manage, or store sensitive data. However, many companies struggle with security when it is time to carry out IT audits. To determine the effectiveness of your risk management program, it is crucial to measure your organization’s internal policies against the recommended industry standards and regulatory requirements.

How to Audit Governance

Governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) have become buzzwords in cybersecurity. As governments and industry standards organizations respond to the data breach landscape by creating new compliance requirements, governance has become fundamental to creating an effective risk management program. Auditing governance requires organizations to communicate with internal and external stakeholders.


Audit Performance Metrics: Measuring Internal Audit Performance

While most companies attempt to secure their data, many continue to fail their IT audits. When trying to determine whether your risk management program effectively mitigates risks, you need to find metrics that support your ability to comply with internal policies as well as external industry standards and regulatory requirements.


COBIT 2019 Audit Checklist

The alphabet soup of cybersecurity includes standards and regulations such as ISO, COBIT, COSO, NIST, NY DFS, and GDPR. While some industries must meet regulatory compliance requirements, other businesses need to choose a standard to which they align their cybersecurity controls. With that in mind, you may want to select the most user-friendly information technology security standard to help management and your IT department create a risk-based program.


Simplifying security auditing, part 6: Compliance and the cloud

In part 5, we looked at auditing your network device logs. A decade ago, security professionals were primarily concerned about network perimeter and endpoint security. While those concerns are still valid, technological advancements have created new scenarios that need to be addressed.


Simplifying security auditing, part 5: Detecting network attacks

Anyone trying to access resources in your network needs to interact with your network devices: firewalls, routers, switches, and IDS/IPSs. Each of these devices generate syslogs that contain important security information and must be audited to gain complete visibility into the activities occurring in your network. Most SIEM solutions, including our own Log360, can collect and analyze syslogs in real time and instantly alert security teams if any security event of interest occurs.