Work for It: Earning Our Clients’ Business

Author: Scot Thrower, Business Development Manager at A-LIGN. Feeling stuck in a relationship with your current audit and security solutions provider? It doesn’t have to be that way! A-LIGN provides compliance solutions without multi-year contracts or strings attached. While other providers lock you into costly, multi-year contracts…

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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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An Overview of the HITRUST CSF and Related Frameworks

The HITRUST CSF is a comprehensive, certifiable security framework that pulls from HIPAA/HITECH, ISO 27001, NIST SP 800-53, COBIT, and PCI DSS, combining them to create a powerful framework. The HITRUST CSF provides an integrated, prescriptive framework that works with the needs…

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HITRUST Assessment Types & HITRUST Integration with SOC 2

Don’t make the climb to compliance more difficult than it has to be. With a comprehensive framework for organizations of any size, system or regulatory requirement, the HITRUST CSF allows for organizations to easily assess their current compliance while providing implementation requirements based on an organization’s risk…

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Understanding the HITRUST Specification and Scoring

HITRUST’s Risk Management Framework In order for an organization to better assess potential risks and create safeguards for adequate protection of potentially sensitive information, HITRUST has created a comprehensive risk management framework that supports a basic 4-step process: Identify risks and define the protection requirements Specify controls Implement and manage…

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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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A-LIGN’s Commitment to the Community this Holiday Season

The spirit of giving gave back this holiday season! For the third consecutive holiday season, A-LIGN donated more than $10,000 in 2015 to charities ofour clients’ choosing through Charity Gift Certificates.  While everyone always enjoys receiving holiday chocolates or a bottle of wine, A-LIGN has chosen a different route…

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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 Challenges Facing Healthcare & How HITRUST Can Help

The Healthcare industry currently faces strict regulatory needs, causing many challenges when considering the options for risk management and mitigation. These challenges include but are not limited to: Inconsistent implementation of acceptable minimum controls. Inefficiencies associated with varying interpretation of control objectives and safeguards. Increasing scrutiny from regulators, auditors, underwriters,…

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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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