Government & Public Sector

PCI DSS Scoping for Colocation Providers: To Include or Not to Include?

Author: Dustin Rich, CISSP, (ISC)2, CISA, ISACA, PCI QSA, PA QSA, MCSE, CCNA, CCA, and Managing Consultant at A-LIGN. A-LIGN is heavily involved in the colocation industry, performing PCI DSS assessments as well as additional compliance audits to colocation providers throughout the US, as well…

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Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program Launches

Author: Gene Geiger, CPA, CISSP, CCSK, QSA, PCIP, ISO 27k LA, and Partner at A-LIGN. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has announced Phase 2 of the HIPAA Audit Program. Every covered entity and business associate will be eligible to be…

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FedRAMP Accelerated

Author: Cheryl Zobel, Managing Consultant at A-LIGN. FedRAMP, or the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, is a government program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. The FedRAMP Program Management Office (PMO) has retooled the program,…

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ISO 27001: The Four Most Common Post-Certification Pitfalls

Author: Gene Geiger, CPA, CISSP, CCSK, QSA, PCIP, ISO 27k LA, and Partner at A-LIGN. Becoming ISO 27001 certified is a rigorous process for most organizations but the work should not stop after receiving the sought after certification. We want to ensure that your organization does not fall…

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Preparing for PCI DSS 3.2 in 2016

  Author: Dustin Rich, CISSP, (ISC)2, CISA, ISACA, PCI QSA, PA QSA, MCSE, CCNA, CCA, and Managing Consultant at A-LIGN. This update, which will likely take place of the previously anticipated Q4 2016 update, will include changes that aim to take into account…

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What Penetration Tests Reveal: The Top 3 Findings

Author: Greg Johnson, Vice President of Business Development at A-LIGN. The hacking industry was alive and well in 2015, and it’s funny how the majority of attack vectors haven’t changed in the past five years. I thought it would be interesting to share…

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Illusion of Insignificance: Cybersecurity and the Small Business

Author: Stuart Rorer, Senior Consultant at A-LIGN. “Big Box Store ABC Has Been Hacked, Customer Card Information Exposed!” “E-Commerce Giant Acme Inc., Suffers Cyber Intrusion” Headlines like these are appearing each day, most of which seem to apply to big box stores…

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More Passwords, More Problems: A Look into Biometric Authentication

What’s your password? Studies show that you likely use more than 15 different passwords, but more than half of you admit to using a weak password. So how do companies fare with inconsistent password usage and standardization? Even companies with incredible security practices can become vulnerable due to a forgetful employee who…

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2015 Data Breaches – The Year In Review

Author: Greg Johnson, Vice President of Business Development at A-LIGN. Data breach was alive and well in 2015 with some of the largest breaches in history occurring last year. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), or in other words our Federal Government, was hacked to the tune of 21.5 million…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Bridge Letters (SSAE 16 Reporting)

You finally received your SOC 1/SSAE 16 report, only to realize that your coverage does not cover the entire year. So what happens in the remaining months of the year beyond the coverage of the report? Is it necessary that you receive another report to cover the remainder of the…

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