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A-LIGN Insights: July 2021

A-LIGN Insights: July 2021

In this issue we explore the benefits of creating a Master Audit Plan, discuss StateRAMP and how it relates to FedRAMP, highlight recent cybersecurity news, and more.

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After Thousands of Audits; the Truth About the So-Called “14-Day SOC 2”

After Thousands of Audits; the Truth About the So-Called “14-Day SOC 2”

A SOC 2 in 14 days? We’ve completed thousands of them and we can say with authority that this is misleading. As auditors, we believe in accuracy, so we wanted to share what it really takes to complete a SOC 2 and how to get it done as quickly as possible. 

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What Is StateRAMP and How Does It Relate to FedRAMP?

How Does It Relate to FedRAMP?

StateRAMP provides a comprehensive security framework designed to improve cloud security for state and local governments. Learn the ins and outs of the StateRAMP compliance framework, its relationship with FedRAMP and how StateRAMP could impact your business. 

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How HITRUST Certification Can Satisfy Your SOC 2,
ISO 27001, and FedRAMP Requirements 

How HITRUST Certification Can Satisfy Your SOC 2, ISO 27001, and FedRAMP Requirements 

The HITRUST CSF pulls from many major pre-existing frameworks to provide a complete, certifiable security standard.  Learn about the many different cybersecurity frameworks that can be incorporated into your organization’s HITRUST assessment to help streamline your approach to compliance.  

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What is Zero Trust?

Zero Trust

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for security so the best way to lessen the threat surface is to implement a zero trust architecture.  To determine if pursuing a zero trust architecture is the right move for your organization, you need to understand its purpose, benefits and challenges. 

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A-LIGN Employees Virtually Connect for the Second Year in 6th Annual CLIMB Team Building Event

CLIMB Team Building Event

350+ A-LIGN employees (CLIMBERS) connected virtually for our annual summer training event, CLIMB 2021: COMMITMENT. This event connects CLIMBERS from across the globe and ignites the momentum and commitment needed to help us achieve our full potential. 

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Survey Says: Compliance Programs Largely Immune to the Pandemic

Survey Says: Compliance Programs Largely Immune to the Pandemic

The business and compliance landscape seems to constantly evolve. Between new cybersecurity threats and the increasing use of a distributed workforce, it’s hard for organizations to ensure they’re staying on top of compliance requirements. And the COVID-19 pandemic made this more challenging. At least that’s what we thought. 

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Featured CLIMBER: Katie Vokus  

Katie Vokus 

Employees at A-LIGN take many different paths throughout their journey – that’s why we sat down with Katie Vokus, one of A-LIGN’s Sr. Consultants for SOC, to talk about her journey in cybersecurity, career growth and the launch of a new training program.   

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A-LIGN Insights: June 2021

Insights-March-2021

In this issue we discuss how to spur cybersecurity board engagement, the impact of GDPR on the approach to privacy regulations, and more.

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5 Reasons Why You Need SOC 2 Compliance

Why You Need SOC 2 Compliance

Organizations request that their vendors achieve SOC 2 compliance to demonstrate IT security standards, due to the fact that many organizations outsource their business operations and services to third-party vendors, possibly putting client data at risk. Let’s review additional reasons you need SOC 2 compliance now.

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