A-LIGN Insights: November 2021

In this issue we share the Ultimate Cybersecurity Guide, discuss the launch of the two new HITRUST assessments, share the latest on CMMC 2.0, and much more.

Featured Content

The Ultimate Cybersecurity Guide
Download our all-encompassing Ultimate Cybersecurity Guide to learn more about various attack vectors and gain insight into the best prevention strategies to help strengthen your cybersecurity posture. You won’t want to miss this!
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What Are the New HITRUST bC  and i1 Assessments?
Have you heard the news about HITRUST’s expanded assessment portfolio? Blaise Wabo, A-LIGN’s Healthcare and Financial Services Knowledge Leader, breaks down the new offerings that make HITRUST much more attainable for organizations across all industries.
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CMMC 2.0 Updates: What Do These Changes Mean for Your Organization?
Three major changes were announced for CMMC. Tony Bai, A-LIGN’s Federal Practice Lead shares what this could mean for your organization.
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AWS re:Invent 2021
Will you be in Las Vegas for AWS re:Invent on November 29th – December 3rd?  Visit us at booth #950 to learn how our SaaS solution, A-SCEND, combined with our industry professionals, provides one-stop compliance from readiness to report. Let us know if you will be attending and we will save you a pair of our “SOCs.” You can also schedule an appointment with one of our experts during the event.
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Federal Compliance 2022: CMMC 2.0, StateRAMP, FedRAMP & Beyond 
Tune in as A-LIGN’s Federal Practice lead, Tony Bai, welcomes special guest Emily Cummins, Director of Cloud Security at Anitian, to discuss the latest news in federal compliance including the new Authorization Boundary Guidance, updates on CMMC 2.0, StateRAMP and more.
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Compliance News

A-SCEND Developer Blog  Series
Jason Kosecki, A-LIGN’s Principal Product Operations Manager for A-SCEND, continues his blog series to announce A-SCEND’s new releases and upcoming features! Get a sneak peek into how the addition of “consultant advice” will help to clarify the audit process.

How Privacy Laws Impact Compliance Programs
71% of organizations say that an increasing focus on privacy has impacted their compliance practices and audits. Learn more from A-LIGN’s Director of Customer Success, Patrick Sullivan, as he examines what the impact looks like.

Reduce Audit Time and Penalties with HITRUST CSF v9.5
Did you know HITRUST v9.5 can help reduce OCR audit time and minimize penalties? Learn more from A-LIGN’s Healthcare and Financial Services Knowledge Leader, Blaise Wabo, on why you should select v9.5 when pursuing a HITRUST certification.

In Case You Missed it

Taking the Pain Out of PCI DSS: From Readiness to Compliance
Dustin Rich, A-LIGN’s PCI DSS Practice Lead, joins Jonathan Cordeau, Very Good Security’s Head of Product, to walk you through how compliance automation software and data security outsourcing allows organizations to fast-track their compliance assessment preparation. Watch this webinar to learn the basics of the PCI audit process, how organizations can accelerate their assessment readiness, and ways to minimize sensitive data risk and shrink data security exposure.

Preparing your SMB for Ransomware and Cyberattacks
A-LIGN’s, Petar Besalev, EVP of Cybersecurity and Compliance, discusses current cybersecurity trends, the intricacies of ransomware, and how best to defend your SMB from catastrophe. Learn what cybersecurity trends are impactful in the market today, why ransomware is on the rise, and what to do about it including practical approaches you can take to significantly mitigate cyberattacks.

A-SCEND Update of the Month

A-SCEND’s “How to” Video Series: How to Use a Previous Audit to Save Time  
Michael Darmanin, A-SCEND’s Senior Technical Support Analyst, launched a new video series in which he walks you through our compliance management platform, best practices, and tips and tricks to help streamline your audit process.  In his latest video, Michael shares tips and tricks on how to use a previous audit to save time on your current audit!
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A-LIGN Team Spotlight

Meet Gabriella Howard
Learning Coordinator, Learning Development

“When I first started looking for a job back in college, I laid out all the things I was looking for in my first post-grad job. The number one thing on that list was to be surrounded by a great group of people that care about me and push me to do well. It’s really encouraging to know that all my coworkers have my best interest at heart and want to see me grow.”
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