Policy Awareness

How to Measure Compliance Effectiveness

How to Measure Compliance Effectiveness

This is the final post of our blog series “Everything You Need to Know About Policy Compliance”. You can find the first and second posts here and case you missed them.

At this point, you’ve learned how to define and create a cybersecurity policy. This blog post will help you move forward in your journey towards cybersecurity policy compliance.

How to Measure Compliance Effectiveness?

The ability to measure effectiveness is one of the most important aspects of a compliance program. The ultimate way to analyze if employees are adhering to a certain policy is to evaluate behavior improvement by checking if you had any data breach or cyber incident related to non-compliance.

However, during the process of enforcing a policy, you should be able to assess how much your employees are aware of the important policies in your company. Simple steps to achieve this are:

  • Visualize if your employees can access your policies easily.
  • Track if they’ve opened the document and read through it.
  • Have they understood the content and importance of the policy? Run assessments to test their understanding.
  • Analyze assessment results.
  • Run smart training sessions about each policy to reinforce their message. The more uncomplicated and gamified a training is, the more engaged employees will be.

Wondering how to achieve all these bullets? There are SaaS products out there to help you. The best tool will be the one that provides you with all the intelligence and automation you need.

How to Automate Policy Compliance Processes?

With each new defense system and compliance program being added into a company’s cybersecurity efforts, IT managers and CISOs must find a way to sieve through the lengthy and repetitive tasks that often keep them away from paying attention to real vulnerabilities or risks.

The easiest way to automate policy compliance processes is to count on smart solutions that bring the latest technology to make your job easier. During the process of enforcing a policy, you can count on Saas tools to help you monitor each separate piece of your compliance program. The more boxes a solution ticks for you, the easier your job will be.

Machine Learning is one of the best engines to help you through the way – from creating the best policy template to generating customized training that will drive more effective employee awareness.  By using Machine Learning and its smart mechanisms, you will be able to save your team’s most valuable assets – time, money, and resources.

Human-Centric Approach to Compliance

Even the best policies can run a business down if the right people don’t do their part to put them into practice. You can’t ‘program’ employees to always avoid accidental digital mistakes, which is why adopting a people-centric approach to cybersecurity culture is so important. 

Instead of using fear to intimidate your employees, make engaging cybersecurity awareness training a part of your compliance planning. We at Right-Hand Cybersecurity know that humans are often viewed as the weakest link in cybersecurity, but that’s mostly because conventional cybersecurity doesn’t take into account the ‘human touch’. 

Building Compliance That’ll Better Help Your Business

After speaking with Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) leaders, we’ve learned and summarised several challenges that organizations face which makes achieving corporate compliance much more difficult.

  • Policy Development — Creating a new policy from scratch is time-consuming, and the thought of, ‘what am I forgetting?’ is enough to keep a GRC team up at night. GRC leaders recognize that while templates and frameworks can be leveraged for simplification, corporate policies should be customized to an organization’s industry, geographical location, risk assessment, organizational hierarchy, and other factors.
  • Policy Storage and Dissemination — Many organizations store corporate policies on an internal Intranet site, Google Drive, Wiki Page, or distribute them via email. But how does the GRC team know if those policies are being read?
  • Policy Awareness — If ensuring employees read a policy is a concern, then measuring the understanding and awareness of each policy would be near impossible. In many cases, organizations rely on users to check a box stating that they’ve read and understood the policy.
  • Behavior Change — Quantifying user change in behavior over time, as a result of a corporate policy is perhaps the most challenging of all, given the policy volume that most organizations institute. A common theme from GRC leaders was that they prioritize which policies address the highest risks, then focus on measuring behavior change for those first.

Introducing Compliance Readiness, By Right-Hand Cybersecurity! 

Given these challenges persisting across the Compliance spectrum, Right-Hand has built a solution, called Compliance Readiness, to tackle these items for Governance, Risk, and Compliance leaders.

What does Compliance Readiness do? It makes your job easier!  

In summary, Compliance Readiness’s Machine Learning engine automates and customizes the ability for GRC teams to develop, store, disseminate, increase awareness and drive behavior change for corporate policies. Our aim is for Compliance Readiness to save GRC teams:

  • Time — using our library with +100 customizable policy templates
  • Money — failing an audit or the impact of a human-induced breach
  • Resources — let your Machine Learning engine manually driving compliance efforts in house

We’d love to show you just how easy it can be!

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