Entries by Alexei Makhalin

How to Avoid These Five PCI-DSS Pitfalls

Kudos to you for taking credit card data security seriously! You’re likely feeling good about taking that big step to properly secure your customer’s credit card data by becoming PCI DSS accredited. And you should! However, did you know that compliance alone does not necessarily guarantee data security? Here are five things to look out […]

Why Do I need to be ISO 27001 Certified?

Have you been thinking about having your organization ISO 27001 certified but not sure if it’s really “worth the hassle?” For those less familiar with ISO 27001: 2013, it is the global information security standard that delineates the best practices to manage information security risk. Below are 4 items to consider before making your final […]

A Worthwhile Resolution for 2019

New Year’s Resolutions. We all have them. They often sound something like this: “This year I’m going to eat less, exercise more, and be a better spouse/parent/employee/person…” and the list goes on. Sometimes we follow through for a week, or even a month. But usually we don’t stick to it for very long. Well here […]

Your company is going international. What about your cybersecurity?

If your company is approaching new markets overseas, cybersecurity should be a primary concern. Regulatory environments, compliance, and privacy laws differ significantly from country to country and protecting your data, as well as that of your customers, are of great importance. Being prepared in advance will help you enter your new market quickly so you […]

Preparing for the GDPR: What You Need to Know

The GDPR becomes law in May of 2018. If your company does business with any EU citizen or entity, you need to be prepared for this new law, which is designed to protect and strengthen the privacy for all individuals residing in the European community. The law applies to any business or public-sector entity that retains […]

The GDPR is the Biggest Thing since SOX

To those of you who have been dealing with data governance and compliance issues since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) appeared on the scene in 2002 – are you having flashbacks yet? Once again, we are facing new, exceedingly strict regulations coming down the pike and once again, there are serious budgetary concerns around developing a […]

5 simple steps for GDPR compliance

As the GDPR deadline of May 25, 2018 creeps closer, our thoughts turn to compliance and how to achieve it without losing any (more) hair in the process. If you have been putting off making the necessary adjustments to your data security, privacy, and governance policies and procedures, keep in mind that the clock is […]