Compliance is a problem organizations can’t escape. According to this year’s Ponemon Report, 37% of businesses say the complexity of compliance and regulatory requirements are barriers to achieving strong cybersecurity postures. Between meeting regulation requirements and achieving security, compliance seems to be a consistent roadblock for organizations of all industries. Third parties are another problem area that every organization experiences. There’s risk associated with third-party remote access, including bad actors lurking around every access point. What businesses might not realize is that proper management of third parties could be the key to staying compliant and getting a grip on third-party access.
How Third Parties Help Achieve ComplianceMany compliance standards include regulations around third parties and remote access. Third parties and compliance aren’t mutually exclusive. Many regulatory compliance mandates include requirements around third parties and third-party access to an organization’s systems, networks, data, and private/confidential information.
- HIPAA compliance: Since third parties, business associates, and covered entities are all able to access patient data from a HIPAA compliance standards means third parties have to abide by the same safeguards as the healthcare institution. If a business associate violates any HIPAA regulations, then the healthcare organization — not just the BA — holds responsibility for the breach in patient privacy.
- CJIS compliance: Authorized third parties have to adhere to the CJIS Security Policy, which requires access controls, audits, and authentication methods for any user who accesses confidential files and data from criminal justice information services.
- PCI DSS compliance: Vendors who handle payment card transactions (or more namely, work with retail businesses) need secure access to credit card information or they’re at risk of violating the security policies of PCI DSS.
- NERC CIP compliance: NERC CIP requirements are sets of cybersecurity standards for bulk electric systems, or organizations dealing with industrial remote access. The security requirements apply to any entity (such as third-party users) that impact the reliability of the system and call for various IT and security controls to protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks.