The purpose of IT department
has always been the same – to grow business productivity through technology. The
number one priority for IT is facilitating business operation and providing its
continuity. Their priorities mostly come from the business processes they
On the other hand, the business
operation teams strive to agile delivery. Their top priority is getting
business operation processes moving as fast as possible, even if it strains IT
resources beyond extreme.
Security department balances in the middle trying to
fulfil their core mission: to ensure business security and maintain compliance.
Business operation supported
by IT team strives to deliver as fast as possible. They all often view security as inhibitor.
Why? Because it takes extra time to check the processes, products and
supporting infrastructure against vulnerabilities and known threats, verify that
apps configurations meet requirements, and that adopted security policies and standards
are complied with.
By establishing policies, identifying
threats and vulnerabilities security urges IT to follow baseline configurations,
timely apply patches, and run updates. However, taking into account its limited
resources, IT gives the security initiatives lower priority than the needs of current
business operation for agile delivery.
Mapping Security Priorities onto Business Operations
When no security incidents
happen during a long time, security unit is pushed into the shadow underestimated. However, when
adverse security event happens, they are first to blame. That explains why security
department should place the focus on tight collaboration with the business
leadership to deliver ideas that resonate well with them.
For many business leaders a
security breach is a mere possibility. Their major expectation from security
team lies in providing business continuity. Given that, security team should present:
Security metrics relevant to
Security risks and
Industry best practice benchmarks
Opportunities for the business goals: for instance, a reduced
cost due to standardized configurations, which meet security compliance
The challenge is to make
business leadership understand and agree on the acceptable level of risk. Then,
security requirements associated with the accepted level of risk must be fixed
in the roadmap. IT unit will have to follow the adopted initiatives and focus
on mitigating the risk while working on delivery. Thus, security department changes
its position from alleged inhibitor to a partner of business development and IT
Focusing on Business Efficiency
With the growing security
risks, technology organizations opt to use modern security platforms to improve
their operations and efficiency. To have effective and intelligent Information
Security Management Systems (ISMS) in place is critical. Investing in the security
software solutions is as important as it is in the other components of security
Driving the security
through the mesh of business daily operations, modern security solutions improve organization’s
efficiency and business continuity in several dimensions:
Businesses housing thousands
of employees and petabytes of sensitive or mission-critical information residing
inside a giant infrastructure face the whole gamut of security challenges.
Given the growing amount of data stored and processed, organizations must be
aware of activities taking place inside and outside their offices, so that they
could quickly recognize the unfolding adverse event and take appropriate
Security standards like
ISO/27K Series are the core of any information security system, but implementing
and maintaining compliances with them is a longtime pain for many
organizations. Automation is the
key word, but most of existing compliance management solutions either have too
limited functionality or critically tooled for a specific application.
solutions, such as Infopulse Standards Compliance Manager (SCM), integrating regulatory
and industry-specific standards, create a clear-cut and easy path to get control over all compliance-related
processes via one center. By streamlining
and leveraging all security-related processes on a global scale, such tools
enable reducing costs, mitigating risks and meeting compliance requirements.
Recent stats about
security breaches leave no illusion about the consequences of security compliance
negligence, in terms of both damages and penalties. Taking into account the severity
of breach implications, your best bet is to have more than just a primitive
compliance management solution. It has to be a holistic platform enabling prompt
and adequate responsive action based on real-time assessment of security
status, associated risks and providing live instruction on the required actions.
Security event is a
challenge for any business, but it is more so for companies with decentralized
management often met in law, consulting and technology businesses. Management
decentralization with a focus on projects/cases rather than on functional areas
hinders fast delivery of emergency response commands through the chain.
decentralized organizations must take into account their own specific
non-hierarchical structure in the security event management and disaster
recovery documentation. It refers to your training programs too. It is
important to focus on case studies incorporating best practices of crisis
management in your industry. This is where modular, highly flexible solutions
like Infopulse SCM are indispensable. It enables you to set up, configure or
customize any functional component exactly to the needs of your organization.
Moreover, you can add your own customer-specific standards, policies or
procedures to the system.
Improving Business Operation Efficiency
Consolidation of all security-related processes in one center
contributes to streamlining business operations and improving on their
efficiency, especially in the organizations with a large physical footprint. Using
the industry-leading solutions designed to maintain security operations and
compliances, organizations can significantly reduce both response time and a number
of false alarms.
Since business continuity
and operational efficiency are organization’s top priorities, a proper security
platform becomes an invaluable solution for risk mitigation, resolving logistical
bottlenecks and cutting costs. Basing on real-time security status monitoring
and regular risk assessment the system prompts the best sequence of remedial
Cybersecurity is no Longer a
Massive digitalization and hyper-connectivity of the modern economy became
a reality. Governments, businesses, financial institutions, educational
establishments, public services – every industry, every facet of society is
undergoing a fundamental digital transformation in the era of online search
aggregators, booking portals, payment ecosystems, chat bots, robotics and
The downside of the technology advancement is the exponential growth of
cyber threats to organizations and individuals worldwide. While individuals are
exposed to a high risk of privacy breach, identity theft and financial fraud, businesses
can experience a disastrous impact from targeted cyber-attacks. Hefty
regulatory penalties, plummeting stock prices, production downtime,
disappointed customers, lawsuits, and other consequences can be catastrophic.
Organizations have to contend with the new challenges employing different security
strategies before they become aware that their systems and networks have been
compromised. The general challenge is that employing more lines of defense is
resource consuming and demands highly qualified security personnel. Many
understaffed companies go the reactive way taking action only after an eventual
security event has occurred.
The most crucial mistake is to relegate security function to a single
department, whether IT or Security. Today, everyone in the organization must consciously share
responsibility for corporate security. Business leaders must accept this idea in
the first place, and systemically deliver it down to company’s personnel.
All-encompassing nature of modern
cyber threats dictates new rules in creating secure business environments.
Given that in most cases end users prove to be the weakest link in security
chain, it is obvious that building a corporate security system must begin with
an individual, who is the first line of defense against cyber attackers.
This year, NetWork’19 will be a two-day forum on Service-, Telecom- and IT Infrastructure management technologies. Covering various aspects of cloud transformation, digital evolution, and infrastructure automation, the event will be of special interest for IT, Telecom and Information Security leaders and professionals.
Visit NetWork’19 to communicate to world-class technical experts, entrepreneurs, and decision makers within a variety of discussion panels, live workshops, and presentations of the newest software solutions from FNT partners.
Meet us during NetWork’19 event on March 13-14, 2019 in Aalen, Germany
Infopulse Standards Compliance manager 4.0 Released
Onboarding page – first view after user’s logon containing text and video instruction on app’s workflow for beginners;
Home page – app’s main view with improved UI containing menus and controls to navigate SCM
Dashboards – unlimited in number customizable visualized dashboards to monitor and control performance;
Adapt Profile Object – specific functionality for editing or customizing Profile Objects
SCM is an integrated tool designed to implement and manage compliances with any requirements, standards, policies, and procedures including a variety of customizable features to run audits, assess and manage risks, monitor compliance status, prepare to certifications and much more.
The Infopulse SCM 4.0 release contains improved as well as newly added features aimed to enhance user experience. The major features to appear in this release:
The Onboarding page is the first thing user would see when logged in to the application. The basic idea of adding the Onboarding page is to make user familiar with general application workflow and help them learn the basic concepts and controls fast. This primary view offers a simple tutorial presenting several steps with text explanations and a video guide. Advanced users can skip displaying this beginner view by checking “Do not show me the flow again.” If needed, one can open this page via the link on the app’s Home page.
Home page is a basic view that user sees after the Onboarding page, or it becomes the first view if the user opts to skip Onboarding page. One can promptly open Home page from any location via Main menu. It provides a convenient start point to navigate all working areas including Onboarding page and Contact Us form.
Variable information dashboards enable tracking data from multiple sources within the specified Security concept in one place. This extremely flexible feature is a perfect visualizing tool for real-time performance analysis and monitoring. The dashboards display key indicators in the form of data sheets, charts, and animated gauges providing a clear view of compliance status and performance by specified criteria or concerning particular processes. The feature enables creating an unlimited number of individual dashboards equipped with a selection of widgets to meet the specific needs of an organization or user.
Adapt Profile Object feature
This functionality allows customization of Profile Objects, such as Modules, Requirements, Safeguards, and Threats. Profile Object adaptation serves to change or amend Profile Object name, Description/Implementation notes, and create additional links with associated Profile Objects. On the other hand, it allows re-setting Profile Objects to their default values.
Other smaller improvements of the existing functionality and features relate to enhancing user experience. Through tight collaboration with the product practical users, Infopulse keeps the focus of SCM further development on the most relevant needs.
This website, fully dedicated to SCM and its development, is another evidence of Infopulse’s commitment to enhancing its customers’ experience. See detailed information on the product in all its aspects: product features, editions and pricing, advantages for specific industries, integrated standards, partnership programs, news, technical support and a lot more!
Infopulse to Present Standards Compliance Manager 3.0 at it-sa 2018
Keeping up its front-runner ambition, Infopulse again is meeting you at it-sa 2018 – a number one IT Security Trade Fair in Europe. The first-class security gurus, experts, and opinion makers get together at Nuremberg Exhibition Center, Germany on October 9-11, 2018 to address the most burning security issues of today, discuss trends and share the latest achievements in the field.
This one of the most outstanding IT security events worldwide for C-level managers and IT security officers houses industry-changing conferences, workshops, forums, and technology expo with about 700 exhibitors.
Any Standard – Any Process: The Standards Compliance Manager 3.0 to Be Exhibited at it-sa 2018
With a profound longtime expertise in security solutions and services, Infopulse is proud to present its next-generation development – the Standards Compliance Manager (SCM).
This tool, with governance, risk and compliance management all in one solution, allows businesses making fast and efficient assessment of their current business, infrastructure and data protection status, as well as its compliance with security requirements of any established standards, policies or procedures. SCM provides for all stages of security management from conceiving a security concept and planning to certification and maintenance.
BSI IT-Grundschutz and GDPR were inbuilt in the tool by design as the fundamental guiding models, but feedback received from tight collaboration with our customers prompted us to add also ISO 27001 and ISO 22301 standards to the functionality of the product. Special highlights are the mechanism to create, upload and use your own customer-specific standards and the possibility to import data from any existing CMDB. Due to its modular structure, SCM offers extreme flexibility to adjust any of its components exactly to your custom needs. Moreover, thanks to the intuitive web-based interface it is easy to use and always available. SCM becomes your invaluable tool in building and maintaining the compliance of your entire business.
In the expo premises, Infopulse will run live SCM demo sessions to showcase its key features, extended capabilities and major benefits for your entire information security.
You will also be able to participate in our live hacking demo and get insights about how hackers act and attack.
Last but not least, for the early birds, we will speak about DO’s and DONT’s in GDPR at the management forum (hall 10), at 10 o’clock, 9th of October.
Join us at it-sa 2018
Try SCM live and have a chat with our product Profs! Visit us at booth no. 314, hall 10.1 on Oct. 9-11, 2018!
For any further information or booking a meeting, please contact:
Daniel-Steffen Schreiner, Business Development
Phone: +49 7971 919 01 70
Mobile: +49 (0) 152 092 974 27
Infopulse Standards Compliance Manager Is Out of Beta, Available for Purchase
Infopulse SCM allows integrating three crucial compliance verticals: information security, data protection, and risk management. It covers the whole information security management system (ISMS) including IT inventory management, implementation of compliance with ISO 27001, BSI IT-Grundschutz, internal security standards and regulations, as well as carrying out risk and cost analysis, and creating reports.
For more details, view this video and see how Infopulse SCM software can benefit your enterprise.
Get ready to the GDPR adoption (enforcement day – May 25, 2018) with our new functionality in the upcoming release.
If you need more information, please feel free to contact us.