Using bluedog virtual CISO services to ensure continuous business compliance

With a shortage of trained professionals, recruiting a dedicated security expert with the knowledge and leadership required to prepare and execute a successful cyber security strategy is time-consuming, expensive and often simply not viable.

The bluedog virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) service enables your business to call upon a highly qualified and experienced security professional when required to ensure your company is acting in accordance with compliance guidelines such as ISO 27001, SOC2 or PCI-DSS.

By acting as an extension of your in-house resources, combined with an understanding of your business and strategy, the bluedog vCISO helps you assess security risks, review and govern company policies and procedures, and ensure controls are in place to demonstrate your compliance to industry standards.

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The Value of bluedog vCISO

The bluedog vCISO service uses a strong and detailed process to collect and store compliance evidence in a way that auditors love. A strong audit trail with blockchain-like technology assures that the evidence provided cannot be tampered with, without breaking the chain-of-trust that auditors require. Once submitted into the chain, evidence is locked in and secured.

This method of evidence chain sealing ensures that the documents provided represent proof you are truly in control of your business processes.

The necessary information for example can be extracted from ticketing systems, so you don’t have to. Everything needed is extracted, validated and stored within the evidence chain without your input.

It is vital that event-based evidence stays current. Old data is not something auditors like to see. At bluedog, we typically request that documents are added to the evidence chain at least four times a year, matching the intervals required by the SOC2 type 2 standard. When this is not possible, bluedog adjusts accordingly.

By adding the data into the same evidence chain as technical reports, policies and procedures, a full timeline can be provided to auditors during their audit.. That way, a fully linked set of evidence is provided to the auditor, demonstrating you are in control of your business.

The team of bluedog compliance specialists work around the clock on your behalf, working closely with the technical experts in the bluedog SOC. A lot of evidence can be gathered from these data sets.

Answers to policy related topics in the compliance standards have to be retrieved from within the organization. It is important that bluedog has access to, or receives, the Information Security Management System (ISMS) information. Access to the policies and procedures provides the bluedog team with much of the information and answers required.

Validation of controls are governed and chased by the vCISO team, so that these event-based reports can be added to the evidence chain. This can be things like reviewing user access controls, reviewing employee on and offboarding logs in correlation with these user access controls, firewall rule reviews and even the change and incident management monitoring.

Based on the compliance guideline your company has to adhere to, different questions are asked and follow-up is actioned by the bluedog team.

Proving to an auditor that you are demonstrably in control can be a painstaking and time consuming process where information must be retrieved from dozens of systems. Furthermore, integrity of this data must be proven to ensure it hasn’t been tampered with…

The bluedog virtual CISO service helps eliminate all of these concerns by providing trouble free and secure evidence chains, with flawless timeline reporting and proven data integrity. bluedog combines technical data from our MDR services, with event driven customer evidence from internal systems as well as policies and procedures from within the ISMS. This unique combination of data allows bluedog to create a one-stop solution that is modular, flexible and more importantly, affordable!

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