How to Simplify CIS Compliance and Control Management
Overseen by the Center for Internet Security, the CIS cybersecurity framework represents globally recognized best practices for information security.Learn More
CIS Benchmarks represent configuration guidelines that align with CIS standards across a variety of target systems and devices.Learn More
CIS hardened images are virtual machines configured to limit weaknesses threat actors could exploit and put your organization at risk.Learn More
Apptega’s CIS compliance guide will help you get started on your CIS compliance journey.
While there are no mandatory certification or attestation processes, CIS compliance is a great foundation to establish your cybersecurity program.Learn More
When a team of IT and security experts from around the world united to develop CIS controls, they relied on seven core principles for guidance.Learn More
CIS v8 has been consolidated to 18 controls that align with an additional 153 sub-controls you can use to build and mature your information security program.Learn More
Unsure of where to begin? CIS is broken into three implementation groups. You can start with group 1, then build on those controls to mature your security practices.Learn More
There are many cybersecurity frameworks to consider. Explore our webinars to learn more about which one may be the best for your organization’s unique needs.Learn More
Have questions about CIS v8? This FAQ is a great place to start.Learn More
Searching for tools, guidance, and assistance with CIS v7 compliance? Try the CIS v7 Marketplace.Learn More
Apptega is the industry’s best solution to help simplify and streamline all of your CIS compliance needs and give you better security oversight.Learn More
If you’re new to building a cybersecurity program or you have a more mature program and you want to evaluate its effectiveness, CIS v7 controls are a great place to start. But where do you begin? How do you build a successful CIS engagement strategy for your organization to keep it secure?
In Apptega’s CIS v7.1 Compliance Guide, we start by giving you a high-level overview of who CIS is, what the organization does, and the intent of CIS controls. The compliance guide is also a wonderful resource to help you dive further into CIS control implementation groups and to better understand the role of CIS-compliant hardened images and how they can save your organization valuable time as a starting point for secure operating systems.
In addition to examining each of the 20 CIS controls, this guide also provides insight into how to implement CIS controls and what you need to ensure you have proper documentation of your security processes.
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A number of professionals have asked us if their organization should be CIS compliant. The answer is a resounding yes!
Regardless of your industry or organization size or type, it’s a good idea to become CIS compliant. Why? Because adopting CIS controls can prepare your organization to build a strong defense against cyber-attacks, give you the tools you need to respond if a breach occurs, help you stop an attack from moving throughout your network, and limit compromise to other systems.
In addition to implementing and testing CIS controls, to become CIS compliant you won’t have to pass a formal certification or assessment, but you can self-evaluate planning, and mitigation.
The key here is proper documentation and measurement of your CIS control effectiveness. You should create supporting policies and procedures and be sure to document those and other critical metrics including specifications and configuration requirements.
Don’t forget validation as part of your documentation processes. It’s not enough to just implement the controls and walk away. You should also work with your team to ensure each person understands expectations and requirements and that all controls function as they should under a wide variety of circumstances. Internal testing and auditing practices are key for CIS compliance success.
To help facilitate CIS implementation and adoption, the experts who worked together to develop the global, cross-industry CIS standards did so by embracing seven core principles. These core principles can help guide your organization on your journey to become CIS compliant.
Here are the principles and an overview of what they’re designed to do:
Address current attacks, tech, and changing requirements
CIS controls reflect current trends, the threat landscape, the proliferation of cybersecurity tools and resources, and other pressing challenges modern organizations face today securing their enterprises.
Key topic focus
CIS controls address and offer guidance for common security issues such as authentication, encryption, app whitelists, and more.
CIS v7 controls work hand-in-hand with other cybersecurity frameworks and can easily be mapped to others.
Improve consistency and wording
The most current controls and sub-controls are clearer and simplified so it’s easier for to understand, implement, and measure.
Stronger foundation for integrations
Updated CIS controls make it easier to adopt and integrate them into other products, services, and decision-making processes.
The content with CIS v7 is restructured to be more responsive to diverse organizations.
CIS will continue to garner feedback about the controls to make future adjustments and approvements as needed.
Cybersecurity framework management doesn’t have to be as complex as it has been in the past. You don’t have to waste weeks or even months preparing for an audit. Instead, Apptega can help you streamline processes, improve efficiencies, save time and money, and build scalable, flexible, mature cybersecurity defenses for your organization.
By using Apptega to manage your CIS v8 framework, you can:
CIS has 20 high-level controls you can use as a foundation for your cybersecurity program. Because these controls build off one another across three distinct implementation groupings, you can start with the first six most basic cyber hygiene controls and mature your program over time. In this blog, we take a closer look at those controls and can help you explore how Apptega can help you establish a CIS compliance program.Read More
The list of available cybersecurity frameworks continues to grow as regulations and compliance standards evolve to stay ahead of attackers. With so many available, how do you know which is right for you? Do you need CIS, SOC 2, CMMC, ISO, NIST, or something else? In this blog, we’ll walk you through some of the most common frameworks, explain benefits, and help you understand which (or combination) is right for your organization.Read More
While you may be aware of which cybersecurity framework your organization must implement based on compliance and regulations, do you know if there are others that align to your security goals and can help you better protect your attack surface? How do you map multiple frameworks so you don’t duplicate processes?
In this webinar, join our panel of experts to explore:
• The most common major frameworks and how they’re used
• Where there are similarities and differences between the frameworks
• How you can simplify framework management with a single solution and automate tasks
While there is no formal certification for CIS compliance, you can undergo internal and external audits to evaluate the controls you’ve implemented and identify security gaps that need more attention. Unfortunately, audits can be time-consuming and challenging and not all organizations will pass. What can you do to ensure audit success?
In this webinar, you’ll hear from first-hand experience to help you:
• Understand best practices for audit success
• Learn more about common pitfalls and how to overcome them
• Adopt time-saving tips that simplifies your auditor engagements
CIS compliance resources are in Apptega’s CIS Marketplace. Within the marketplace, you can quickly access products and services to help you with CIS compliance, including access to consultants with expertise in your specific compliance areas of need.