How To Minimize The Scope of Your PCI DSS Audit

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Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and its 281 directives can be a time-consuming hassle. Fortunately, there are ways to minimize your PCI DSS scope, saving time and resources for your organization and auditor, and ratcheting down your stress levels. Larger organizations—those processing more than 1 million credit-card transactions annually—may need two years to reach initial PCI DSS compliance. Then, to stay compliant, they often must expend ample resources monitoring their systems and security and keeping it all up to date. For those who fail, the penalties can be crippling. Even smaller merchants and internet service providers (ISP) may require a year’s work to reach PCI compliance. That’s because this data security framework, mandatory for…

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Applying Big Data to Risk Management

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The era of Big Data is here. Information now exceeds fantastic proportions, globally measured in zettabytes (each zettabyte is a billion terabytes) and growing at an exponential rate that defies comprehension. According to the IDC, global data is expected to grow from 23 Zettabytes (ZB) in 2017 to 175 ZB by 2025. And depending on your industry and specific organization, you likely have plentiful external and internal data sources readily available for mining, applying predictive analytics and creating viable projections. Leveraging data allows companies the ability to improve income streams, more effectively direct operations and enhance the customer experience. Overall your organizational health improves dramatically when data is accurately assessed. But big data also is a powerful – and vital–tool…

How to Manage Technological Risks?

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In all sectors, technology has become a vital aspect of operations and has transformed the workplace, but that dependence on technologies also poses a threat to organizational wellbeing. Data breaches, system failures, malicious attacks–as well as natural disasters that impact technologies–can wreak havoc on company reputations, regulatory compliance and fiscal health. In some cases, the damage from these events is irreversible or long-term. A proactive strategy to mitigate tech risks are foundational aspects of operations. Your company needs such a plan that prevents, responds and continuously monitors for these risks. Monitoring and Managing Risks in Technology The adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is entirely applicable to monitoring and managing tech risks. A whole-organization system…