Hidden Value In Creating Cybersecurity Audit Programs

One of my first tasks after leaving NSA for private industry in the early 90s was to write my new company’s information security policy. I’m not sure my previous job as a cryptanalyst left me qualified for this, but I was viewed as the security guy. So, I attacked the task with vim and vigor. That first information security policy I wrote was a thing of beauty. I scoured the Orange Book and other resources to find every security requirement that might help us prevent a security incident.

What Are the Types of Audit Evidence?

If your organization is required to follow one or more compliance frameworks, an external third party may demand an audit to verify that your company has actually met those compliance standards. When an organization is undergoing an audit, it must provide audit evidence, such as financial statements, internal documents, logs, and emails. The auditor uses that evidence to reach a conclusion about whether or not the client organization has achieved compliance.

What is an Audit Universe?

An audit universe is a document that details all the audit activities to be carried out by the internal audit function. It consists of multiple and distinct auditable entities, processes, and activities, which can be considered “auditable units.” The number of these auditable units varies depending on the organization’s size, business complexity, and operational scale. In some cases they can run into the hundreds or even thousands.

CMMC Audit: What is it and how to prepare for it

Business owners whose revenue streams depend significantly or partially on government contracts have been recently faced with the mandatory emerging regulations called Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, also known as CMMC. All organizations working with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal government as their prime or subcontractors must be audited against these requirements by a competent third-party CMMC auditor.

What Are Audit Procedures for Internal Controls?

Audit procedures are the processes and methods auditors use to obtain sufficient, appropriate audit evidence to give their professional judgment about the effectiveness of an organization’s internal controls. Internal controls are the mechanisms and standards that businesses use to protect their sensitive data and IT systems; or as a means of providing accountability on financial statements and accounting records.

How an open source software audit works

Open source software audits can identify undetected issues in your codebase. Learn how our audit services can help you understand the risks during an M&A. Most of our clients understand that an open source software audit differs from an automated scan. An audit involves expert consultants analyzing a proprietary codebase using a combination of Black Duck® commercial tools and tools we’ve developed and use internally.

What's the System Description of a SOC 2 Report?

A SOC 2 system description outlines the boundaries of a SOC report. It contains pertinent details regarding the people, processes, and technology that support your product, software, or service. As a reminder, the SOC framework stands for System and Organization Controls. It is a broad architecture that organizations can use to audit the internal controls of vendors and business partners before entering a relationship with those firms, to assess whether those firms have a robust security posture.

Turning InfoSec Success into Audit Wins | Tips & Tricks Ep.1

Security and compliance are different, yet complementary, disciplines. It’s important to understand their relationship to build a robust security program that can be used for audit success. Compliance is a kick-starter for building your security program, and security is an important focus to help ensure you are audit-ready. Join us in our Tips and Tricks series. We’ve curated this series for you, whether you are a customer looking to make the most out of your Tripwire investment, or you’re on the market for a new security solution.