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10 Questions I&O Leaders Must Ask to Ensure Endpoints Are Compliant and Secure

Published: 26 November 2019

ID: G00465143

Analyst(s): Rob Smith


The widespread belief that being compliant also means being secure is incorrect, as one does not necessarily ensure the other. This research provides five compliance questions that I&O leaders can ask CISO and five security questions to ask the CCO or auditor to ensure both compliance and security.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Incorporate the Needs of Compliance and Security in Your Strategy
  • Ask the CISO Five Questions to Determine If an Endpoint Is Secure
    • 1. How Often Do Your Team Members Coordinate With Their Counterparts in Compliance and I&O?
    • 2. Who Verifies That the Products, Services and Components Selected, Implemented and Built Meet Compliance Requirements?
    • 3. Are You Communicating Compliance Review Resource Requirements? Have You Estimated Time Into Your Projects to Allow Proper Reviews of Compliance and Security?
    • 4. Who Is Periodically Comparing the Letter of the Law and the Actual Compliance Directives With the Dynamics of the Security Landscape?
    • 5. What Is Our Current Exposure to Data Leakage?
  • Ask the CCO Five Questions to Determine If the Environment Is Compliant
    • 1. When Was the Last Time You Coordinated With the CISO and the Security Teams?
    • 2. How Is Accountability Built Into Our Compliance Reviews to Ensure That All Stakeholders in a Project Have Communicated About Security?
    • 3. How Do Our Key Performance Indicators Account for Security?
    • 4. How Does the Organization’s Use of Compensating Controls Address Security Gaps in a Manageable Way?
    • 5. How Will Our Compliance Framework Prevent Passing a System That Contains Major Security Errors?

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