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How to Determine If Your Organization Practices Due-Care Security

Published: 02 February 2015

ID: G00258953

Analyst(s): Rob McMillan

Summary

"Reasonable security" is not clearly defined in any regulation or set of best practices, since its definition is subjective. CISOs must adopt a risk management — not a compliance —mindset, and recognize that a continually changing notion of what constitutes reasonable demands regular reassessment.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Use Well-Documented Risk Management Techniques to Demonstrate Due Care; Don't Rely on Compliance With Regulation as a Proxy for Due Care
  • Assess Your Risks and the Efficacy of Your Controls Within Your Particular Context
    • What Is the Harm That Can Result From Security Failure?
    • What Is the Likelihood of Failure?
    • Is the Failure a Reasonably Anticipated Risk?
    • Does the Cost of the Remedy Outweigh the Impact of the Risk?
  • Track Changes Relevant to Your Situation, Recognizing That External Expectations May Be Imprecise, Subjective and Will Continually Change Over Time
  • Seek an Independent Assessment of Reasonable Steps From Your Audit Function

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