Penetration testing and red team assessments are often conflated or confused—though they’re both advantageous cybersecurity solutions, there are distinct differences between them that any organization considering either should know. Just to be clear, a penetration test is not a red team assessment.
Generally, privacy impact assessments (PIAs) are defined as evaluation tools that help to better understand how information is gathered, used, maintained, and shared. It’s a formal analysis used to assess what privacy risks exist within the information processing activities that drive specific products and services.
A new landmark in corporate climate change legislation, California Senate Bill (SB) 253, the Climate Corporate Accountability Act, has just been passed in the California Senate, and—once signed into law by the governor—will mandate that the applicable companies report their direct greenhouse gas emissions as well as those generated by their utilities.
In June 2023, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) released a new worksheet entitled “Items Noted for Improvement” (INFI)—while the Council encourages use of this worksheet for assessments based on earlier versions of PCI DSS, organizations undergoing a PCI DSS v4.0 assessment are required to use it.
Though considered somewhat abbreviated in comparison to HITRUST’s other certification options, the HITRUST e1 Certification still represents a potentially beneficial path, particularly for those organizations that have already established their compliance programs.
Service providers—e.g., SaaS, IaaS, PaaS—are currently seeing significant growth in the healthcare vertical, where they’re classified as “business associates” to the healthcare providers, insurers, and clearinghouses that are collectively referred to as “covered entities.” (Note that subcontractors to business associates are also classified as business associates.)
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to protect cardholder data. One of the key (and almost always applicable) requirements of PCI DSS is that organizations must perform internal and external penetration testing for the entire scoped environment—this not only applies to systems that store, process, or transmit cardholder data, but also those that can impact the security of cardholder data.