A-LIGN Insights: April 2022

A-LIGN Insights: April 2022

In this issue we release our first episode of A-LIGN’s new cybersecurity podcast, release our new HIPAA compliance checklist, learn what’s new in StateRAMP and much more.   


Benchmark Study Findings Reveal
Join Patrick Sullivan, A-LIGN’s VP of Customer Success, on May 18 at 2:00 PM ET, for an exclusive sneak-preview of the second annual Compliance Benchmark Report results. You won’t want to miss this exclusive event! 
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Featured Content

A-LIGN Knowledge Leaders’ “Compliance Crosswalk” Podcast 
On March 31, Compliance Crosswalk released their first-ever episode! Hosts Blaise Wabo and Arti Lalwani discussed how things have changed in security, privacy and compliance since the global COVID-19 pandemic started, and where they see these new trends taking us in a post-pandemic world.  
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What Is HIPAA Compliance? Key Definitions + 7 Step Checklist
There are three major components to HIPAA rules and regulations – the Security Rule, Privacy Rule, and Breach Notification Rule. In this article, Blaise Wabo, A-LIGN’s Healthcare and Financial Services Knowledge Leader, gives background information on these three components and provides a checklist you can use when seeking HIPAA compliance. 
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Why Are Penetration Tests Important?
In this post, Joseph Cortese, A-LIGN’s Technical Knowledge Leader and Research and Development Director, digs into why all organizations should invest in regular pen tests, the type of critical information these tests reveal, and the value your security team will gain from the exercise. 
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Examining the Different Certification Bodies for ISO 27001
In this blog, Arti Lalwani, A-LIGN’s Risk Management and Privacy Knowledge Leader, explores the different certification bodies, and explains why choosing the right one matters. 
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What You Should Know About the New StateRAMP Framework
This article by one of A-LIGN’s valued partners, Goldsky, explains everything you need to know about the new StateRAMP framework, why it matters, how it differs from the already established framework, and how to achieve certification.  
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Using NIST 800-171 to Prep for CMMC
Tony Bai, A-LIGN’s Federal Practice Lead, reveals that the best way to prepare for CMMC 2.0 is to ensure compliance with NIST 800-171 since its largely influenced by this special publication’s requirements.   
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Compliance News

Data Privacy Is Driving Conversations
Patrick Sullivan, A-LIGN’s VP of Customer Success, discusses data privacy becoming a hot topic and why organizations must comply with increasing regulations designed to ensure personal information stays private. 
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How ISVs Can Maintain CSP Business by Meeting Select FedRAMP Controls
Are you an independent software vendor (ISV) wondering about the applicability of FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program) to your product? FedRAMP doesn’t apply directly to ISVs, however there are certain requirements you will need to meet if you have a customer (or several) looking to sell to the Federal government. Tony Bai, A-LIGN’s Federal Practice Lead, discusses what you need to know about FedRAMP for your organization and the steps you need to take. 
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How Compliance Can Help Companies Raise More Equity Funding
In this blog, Patrick Sullivan, A-LIGN’s VP of Customer Success, explores why investing in compliance and security at the Series B funding round sets your organization up for future success. 
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In Case You Missed It

SOC 2 for Beginners
Are you considering a SOC 2 assessment but not sure where to start? In this webinar, Scot Thrower, A-LIGN’s VP of Solution Advisory, dives into exactly what a SOC 2 is and breaks down the complexities of how to achieve SOC 2 compliance with practical steps geared toward beginners.  
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A-LIGN Team Spotlight

A-LIGN's Featured Climber Nicole Jones

Meet Nicole Jones
Customer Success Operations Manager 

“As the Customer Success Operations Manager, my main goal is to provide support to the Customer Success team and make sure they’re doing what they can to support our customers in the best way possible. I help cultivate our employees and ultimately ensure they’re reaching their goals. I’ve learned that when an employee is taken care of and supported in the right ways, then our customers and the rest of the organization benefit as a result.”
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