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What Is Compliance?

Industry compliance is a critical aspect of modern business operations. It involves adhering to the rules, regulations, and standards set forth by governing bodies and industry authorities that apply to specific sectors. Compliance ensures that businesses operate ethically, transparently, and responsibly, safeguarding the interests of customers, stakeholders, and the environment. Whether it’s data protection, financial reporting, safety protocols, or environmental sustainability, being compliant is not only a legal requirement but also a demonstration of a company’s commitment to integrity and best practices. Embracing industry compliance not only mitigates risks and potential legal consequences but also builds trust, enhances credibility, and fosters a positive reputation within the marketplace. It is a crucial aspect of maintaining a competitive edge while contributing to a sustainable and secure future for businesses and their stakeholders.

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Core Benefits to Choosing Us as Your IT Partner

Using a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Systems Integrator such as Wingu Technology offers several benefits for businesses looking to optimize their IT operations and focus on core business objectives. 

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Cost Efficiency

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Proactive Support

Continuous monitoring of IT systems, networks, and infrastructure.

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Specialized Expertise

Benefit from the most current and effective solutions without investing time and resources.

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Core Business Focus

Redirect your focus by outsourcing routine IT management tasks.

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Security & Compliance

Protect against threats and help ensure adherence to industry regulations.

Compliance Services

Choosing Cybersecurity Frameworks

Selecting the right cybersecurity framework for your organization is a critical decision that can determine your ability to protect against ever-evolving cyber threats. With numerous frameworks available, it’s essential to find one that aligns with your business’s unique requirements, industry regulations, and risk tolerance. A well-chosen framework serves as a comprehensive blueprint, guiding you through the process of identifying vulnerabilities, implementing safeguards, and responding effectively to potential breaches. Whether you opt for NIST, PCI-DSS, CIS Controls, or others, the right framework will instill a robust security culture, streamline compliance efforts, and bolster customer trust. Our cybersecurity experts help you navigate this complex landscape, tailoring a framework that fortifies your digital assets and empowers your organization to face cyber challenges with confidence. Safeguard your business’s future by making the right choice in cybersecurity framework today.

Types of Available Compliance Options

PCI-DSS
CMMC
NIST 800-171

PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance is a set of security standards established to protect cardholder data during credit card transactions. Developed by major credit card companies, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB, PCI-DSS applies to organizations that handle, process, or store payment card information. Organizations that process payment card transactions are required to comply with PCI-DSS to reduce the risk of data breaches and protect sensitive financial information. Non-compliance can result in fines, restrictions on card processing, and reputational damage. Adhering to PCI-DSS standards demonstrates a commitment to securing payment transactions and maintaining the trust of customers and partners.

 

Key aspects of PCI-DSS compliance include:

  1. Build and Maintain a Secure Network:

    • Installation and maintenance of a firewall to protect cardholder data.
    • Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and security parameters.
  2. Protect Cardholder Data:

    • Encryption of transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks.
    • Storage of cardholder data with robust encryption.
  3. Maintain a Vulnerability Management Program:

    • Regularly update anti-virus software.
    • Develop and maintain secure systems and applications.
  4. Implement Strong Access Control Measures:

    • Restriction of access to cardholder data on a need-to-know basis.
    • Unique identification for individuals accessing system components.
  5. Regularly Monitor and Test Networks:

    • Ongoing monitoring of all access to network resources and cardholder data.
    • Regular testing of security systems and processes.
  6. Maintain an Information Security Policy:

    • Development and implementation of a comprehensive security policy addressing information security for all personnel.

CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) compliance is a framework established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to enhance the cybersecurity posture of defense contractors and subcontractors. Introduced to secure the defense industrial base, CMMC requires organizations to demonstrate varying levels of cybersecurity maturity based on the sensitivity of the information they handle. The model encompasses a set of practices and processes, ranging from basic cyber hygiene to advanced capabilities, with five maturity levels. CMMC compliance is essential for contractors participating in DoD projects, and it signifies a commitment to robust cybersecurity practices. It ensures that organizations within the defense supply chain are adequately protecting sensitive information, reducing the risk of data breaches and cyber threats.

 

Key components of CMMC compliance include:

  1. Maturity Levels: CMMC consists of five levels, each building upon the previous one, reflecting an organization's increasing maturity and capability to safeguard controlled unclassified information (CUI).

  2. Processes and Practices: Organizations must implement specific cybersecurity practices and processes based on their determined maturity level. These include access control, incident response, risk management, and system and communications protection.

  3. Third-Party Assessment: Compliance involves undergoing assessments conducted by certified third-party assessors. These assessments verify that the organization's cybersecurity practices align with the requirements specified in CMMC.

  4. Continuous Improvement: CMMC emphasizes the importance of continuous improvement in an organization's cybersecurity practices. It's not just about achieving a specific level but continually enhancing capabilities to adapt to evolving threats.

NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Special Publication 800-171 outlines cybersecurity standards specifically designed to protect Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) in non-federal systems and organizations. These guidelines are particularly relevant for organizations that do business with the U.S. government or handle sensitive information on behalf of federal agencies. NIST-800-171 compliance is crucial for organizations handling CUI, as it helps protect sensitive information and ensures a baseline of cybersecurity measures. Non-compliance may result in the loss of government contracts or legal consequences. Adhering to NIST-800-171 demonstrates a commitment to robust cybersecurity practices and helps build trust with government partners.

 

Key components of NIST-800-171 compliance include:

  1. Access Control: Implementing measures to control access to systems and data, ensuring only authorized personnel can access sensitive information.

  2. Awareness and Training: Providing cybersecurity training and awareness programs for employees to enhance their understanding of security risks and best practices.

  3. Audit and Accountability: Implementing mechanisms to track and monitor system activity, and conducting regular audits to identify and mitigate potential security issues.

  4. Configuration Management: Establishing and maintaining baseline configurations for systems to ensure they are securely configured and minimizing vulnerabilities.

  5. Incident Response: Developing and implementing an incident response plan to effectively respond to and recover from cybersecurity incidents.

  6. Security Assessment and Authorization: Conducting regular security assessments to identify and address vulnerabilities, and obtaining authorization before deploying systems.

  7. Security Training and Education: Providing ongoing training to personnel on cybersecurity policies, procedures, and best practices.

HIPAA
CCPA
GDPR

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance is a set of regulations established to safeguard the privacy, security, and integrity of protected health information (PHI) in the healthcare industry. Enacted in 1996, HIPAA applies to covered entities, such as healthcare providers, health plans, and healthcare clearinghouses, as well as their business associates who have access to PHI. HIPAA compliance requires organizations to implement technical, administrative, and physical safeguards to protect PHI. It also mandates employee training, risk assessments, and the appointment of a privacy officer. Non-compliance with HIPAA can result in significant fines and legal consequences, making adherence crucial for maintaining the confidentiality and trust in healthcare data management.

 

Key components of HIPAA compliance include:

  1. Privacy Rule: Governs the use and disclosure of PHI and outlines the rights of individuals regarding their health information.

  2. Security Rule: Requires the implementation of safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of electronic PHI (ePHI).

  3. Breach Notification Rule: Mandates covered entities to notify individuals, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and, in some cases, the media, in the event of a breach compromising PHI.

  4. Transaction and Code Set Standards: Establishes standardized formats for electronic transactions in the healthcare industry.

  5. Identifier Standards: Specifies unique identifiers for individuals, employers, health plans, and healthcare providers.

  6. Enforcement Rule: Outlines the procedures, penalties, and processes for investigations and enforcement of HIPAA rules.

CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) compliance refers to adherence to the privacy regulations outlined by the state of California. Enacted to enhance the privacy rights and consumer protection of California residents, CCPA grants individuals greater control over their personal information held by businesses. CCPA compliance is crucial for businesses that collect or process the personal information of California residents, and non-compliance may result in financial penalties. It reflects a commitment to respecting consumer privacy and aligning with evolving data protection standards.

 

Key aspects of CCPA compliance include:

  1. Data Rights: CCPA grants consumers the right to know what personal information is collected, how it's used, and the right to access, delete, or opt-out of the sale of their information.

  2. Transparency: Businesses subject to CCPA must be transparent about their data practices, including providing clear privacy notices and updating privacy policies.

  3. Security Measures: Implementing reasonable security measures to protect consumers' personal information from unauthorized access, disclosure, and destruction.

  4. Employee Training: Ensuring that employees handling consumer inquiries or managing personal information are trained on CCPA compliance.

  5. Handling Consumer Requests: Establishing processes for handling consumer requests related to their personal information, including verification procedures.

  6. Non-Discrimination: CCPA prohibits businesses from discriminating against consumers for exercising their rights under the act, such as by denying services, charging different prices, or providing different levels of quality.

 

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance is adherence to the European Union regulation designed to protect the privacy and personal data of individuals within the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA). Enacted in 2018, GDPR establishes a framework for the lawful and transparent processing of personal data by businesses and organizations. GDPR compliance is mandatory for businesses that process the personal data of individuals in the EU and EEA, regardless of the location of the business. Non-compliance can result in significant fines, making adherence to GDPR crucial for maintaining trust, respecting privacy, and avoiding legal consequences.

 

Key components of GDPR compliance include:

  1. Lawful and Fair Processing: Personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, with a legitimate purpose for collecting and using the information.

  2. Data Subject Rights: GDPR grants individuals several rights over their personal data, including the right to access, rectify, erase, and restrict processing.

  3. Data Protection Officer (DPO): Appointing a Data Protection Officer for organizations that engage in large-scale processing of sensitive data or monitor individuals on a significant scale.

  4. Data Breach Notification: Reporting data breaches to the relevant supervisory authority and, in some cases, notifying affected individuals without undue delay.

  5. Privacy by Design and by Default: Integrating data protection measures into the development of systems and processes, and ensuring that, by default, only necessary personal data is processed.

  6. Cross-Border Data Transfers: Implementing safeguards for transferring personal data outside the EU or EEA to countries that do not provide an adequate level of data protection.

  7. Data Processing Records: Maintaining records of data processing activities, demonstrating compliance with GDPR requirements.

CIS
CJIS
DISA

CIS (Center for Internet Security) compliance refers to adhering to a set of cybersecurity best practices and controls developed by the Center for Internet Security. The CIS Controls provide a comprehensive framework designed to help organizations enhance their cybersecurity posture and protect against a wide range of cyber threats. CIS compliance is a dynamic and evolving framework that organizations can adopt to bolster their cybersecurity defenses. Adhering to these controls helps mitigate risks and ensures a proactive approach to cybersecurity, promoting resilience against an ever-changing threat landscape.

 

Key components of CIS compliance include:

  1. Inventory and Control of Assets: Maintain an accurate inventory of hardware, software, and other assets on the network, ensuring visibility and control over potential security risks.

  2. Continuous Vulnerability Assessment and Remediation: Regularly scan and remediate vulnerabilities in systems to reduce the risk of exploitation by malicious actors.

  3. Secure Configuration: Establish and maintain secure configuration settings for operating systems, applications, and network devices to minimize potential security weaknesses.

  4. Controlled Use of Administrative Privileges: Limit access and permissions to only those necessary for job functions, reducing the risk of unauthorized access and privilege escalation.

  5. Data Protection: Implement measures to protect sensitive data, including encryption, access controls, and data loss prevention strategies.

  6. Email and Web Browser Protections: Employ security measures to defend against phishing, malware, and other email and web-based threats.

  7. Incident Response and Management: Develop and implement an incident response plan to effectively detect, respond to, and recover from security incidents.

  8. Security Awareness and Training: Provide regular training and awareness programs for employees to enhance their understanding of cybersecurity risks and best practices.

CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services) compliance refers to the adherence to security standards set forth by the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division. These standards are designed to ensure the secure handling, access, and transmission of criminal justice information (CJI) by authorized entities, such as law enforcement agencies, government organizations, and private contractors that handle sensitive criminal justice data. CJIS compliance is mandatory for organizations that access or handle CJI, and non-compliance can lead to penalties, loss of access to critical databases, and potential legal consequences. Adhering to CJIS standards is essential for maintaining the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive criminal justice information and fostering trust in law enforcement data management practices.

 

Key components of CJIS compliance include:

  1. Security Policy: Implementing and adhering to the CJIS Security Policy, which outlines the specific security requirements for protecting CJI.

  2. Access Controls: Implementing strict access controls to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to CJI. This includes user authentication, authorization, and audit trails.

  3. Encryption: Encrypting CJI during transmission and storage to protect it from unauthorized access or interception.

  4. Audit and Accountability: Establishing comprehensive audit mechanisms to track and monitor access to CJI, enabling the identification of any unauthorized or suspicious activities.

  5. Incident Response: Developing and maintaining an incident response plan to effectively address and mitigate security incidents involving CJI.

  6. Training and Awareness: Providing training and awareness programs to personnel who have access to CJI, ensuring they understand the importance of security measures and compliance.

DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency responsible for providing information technology (IT) and communication services to support the military and defense operations. DISA compliance typically refers to adhering to the cybersecurity and IT standards set by DISA to ensure the security and integrity of defense information systems.

 

Key components of DISA compliance may include:

  1. Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs): Following the DISA-developed STIGs, which are cybersecurity guidelines outlining secure configurations for various software, hardware, and operating systems used within the DoD.

  2. Risk Management Framework (RMF): Implementing the RMF, a standardized process for assessing and managing cybersecurity risk for information systems within the DoD.

  3. Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP): Historically used before the RMF, DIACAP was a process for certifying and accrediting information systems for use within the DoD.

  4. Network Security Monitoring: Establishing measures for continuous monitoring of network activities to identify and respond to security incidents.

  5. Access Controls: Implementing robust access controls to ensure that only authorized individuals have access to sensitive defense information.

  6. Encryption: Utilizing encryption technologies to protect data in transit and at rest, in accordance with DISA security standards.

  7. Compliance Reporting: Providing documentation and reports to demonstrate compliance with DISA standards during audits and assessments.