Cybersecurity “As-a-Service” and the Benefits of Third-Party Security Providers

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Of all the upheavals and challenges we’ve seen in the past few years; cybersecurity is one of the most important topics emerging in 2021. Newsworthy attacks on SolarWinds and Colonial Pipelines have prompted the White House to release an executive order dictating a new set of collective cybersecurity standards for government agencies and contractors. Following that, private companies associated with the supply chain have also begun to adopt stricter security controls based on their risk profiles and reliance on cloud-based service providers. All of these organizations, from agencies to contractors to utility companies, are turning to cybersecurity as-a-service models to meet these demands. 

It seems like everything is “a service” these days, but it is important to realize that as modern cybersecurity threats evolve, it’s nearly impossible for individual organizations to keep up. Dedicated, expert compliance and security firms are rising to fill the gap and keep our systems safe. 


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How to Prepare for the Upcoming PCI DSS 4 Update

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The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is a voluntary security framework to help protect customers and merchants against the theft of credit card data during POS transactions. Like many other compliance frameworks, PCI DSS has continually evolved over the years to match new technologies and new threats to the privacy of consumers shopping online and off. As of 2021, the PCI Security Standards Council has announced the newest version of PCI DSS, version 4.0.

While the official documentation for the updated standard has, as of March 2021, not been released, many merchants and banks are preparing for the transition. Here are some basics into PCI DSS and the move to version 4 coming Summer 2021. 


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Find out why ITAM is considered to be the best assessment tool available for your IRM and GRC needs and proactive cyber security!


ITAM is the patent pending, industry changing assessment creation tool designed specifically for the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) market space but where infinite possibilities exist even outside of the GRC and cybersecurity realms due to the intelligence and simplicity of the patent pending ITAM application framework.

ITAM IT Audit Machine ROI

Typical IT Audit Machine ITAM usage for includes Audit and Compliance Assessments associated with FedRAMP, PCI DSS, HIPAA, Sarbanes Oxley, ISO 27001 and all others; Risk Management Assessments associated with ISO 27005, NIST Special Publications and all others; and Governance and Policy Development to describe a few but not all possible use cases.

If you have a current User Portal subscription, please login otherwise contact us for subscription assistance. There is an IT Audit Machine compliance program for you! Custom ongoing subscriptions in dedicated SaaS environments are available. We offer custom frameworks, questionnaires, assessment forms and many other great tools available from Continuum GRC, LLC. Just ask us about our capabilities!

The IT Audit Machine’s Administrative Portal is where the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) magic happens. Infinite possibilities exist within the intelligence and simplicity of ITAM even outside of the GRC and cybersecurity realms.

Would you like to take the IT Audit Machine out for a test drive? If so, please contact us for assistance with access to both the Administrator and User Portals within our dedicated demonstration SaaS platform. Our clients are always coming up with new ways of using the intelligent and intuitive power of ITAM and we look forward to seeing how you will leverage it too.


Holistic governance in security, privacy, risk and cyber-law is increasingly complex. You are charged with delivering GRC guidance to your organization that they understand. The IT Audit Machine gives you everything you need to succeed. The Americas, Europe, Asia, MENA or wherever strong IT security policies and holistic GRC is needed and we deliver the foundation your company needs.

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