The New Security and Compliance Tool for Enterprise: The Policy-to-Execution Platform

September 3, 2019

As technologies have advanced, the need for stringent security and compliance standards has become more pressing. However, a significant gap exists between such policies and the steps required in order to comply with said policies. This is referred to as the ‘policy-to-execution’ gap. To fill this gap, we have policy-to-execution platforms. Here, we will go into more depth about policy-to-execution platforms, defining them and showing their place in the context of the industry. We’ll also show how our solution, SD Elements, stands as a policy-to-execution platform that can help fill this gap. 

What is a policy-to-execution platform? 

A policy-to-execution platform is an expert platform for security and compliance. We refer to our own platform, SD Elements, as a policy-to-execution platform. This is to indicate the following: 

(a) that it is a software security platform and  

(b) that it offers your enterprise teams a direct execution plan for adhering to a security policy, generating specific, actionable tasks that can be completed to align your software with the policy at hand. 

Policy-to-execution in the industry 

Policy-to-execution platform is a relatively new term in the field of information security. The term describes software that has different capabilities than popular vulnerability-detection automation platforms for security, like code scanners. These platforms build security controls into the software from the beginning of the software development and acquisition lifecycles–and throughout–, thus preventing security defects and regulatory non-compliance. This saves software teams from having to catch and eliminate such issues after the fact. 

Though ‘policy-to-execution platform’ is our unique market offering, the term ‘policy to execution gap’ is not unique to Security Compass. In fact, the U.S. Government’s House of Representatives used similar language to describe the cause of the 2018 Equifax breach in their Majority Staff Report. In describing Equifax’s failure to mitigate the breach, they stated, “a lack of accountability and no clear lines of authority in Equifax’s IT management structure existed, leading to an execution gap between IT policy development and operation.” 

How SD Elements addresses the policy-to-execution gap 

It provides your organization with defensibility in the event of an audit or incident. 

SD Elements can generate reports that help your organization monitor continuous compliance against your security policy across your software portfolio. In the event of an audit, your organization can use our platform to generate reports, showing the systematic controls you have in place and which groups are implementing those controls on a near real-time basis. SD Elements also provides Risk Policy reports, making it easy for you to determine your compliance status with internally defined risk policies. This saves you considerable time during audits and security reviews, and it offers you full traceability in the event of an incident.  

It allows your organization to create custom policies that match your unique needs and internal standards. 

SD Elements ‘Tasks’ support GDPR compliance and other frameworks, but they can also accommodate your organization’s custom policies. Using our platform, your policy teams can define and communicate risk policies for their applications based on regulations, industry standards, and internal policies.

SD Elements is a unique software platform in the market, with capabilities expanding beyond any previously defined categories for security and compliance tools. It offers comprehensive security and compliance coverage that can guide enterprise’s teams through the complex processes of adhering to policies and building controls into your software. SD Elements works alongside your existing platforms to scale the security of your enterprise for tomorrow.

To learn more about SD Elements, contact us here

For a more in-depth review of policy-to-execution platforms, check out our white paper here: https://resources.securitycompass.com/whitepapers/policy-to-execution-an-introduction

For a case study on using a policy-to-execution platform for PCI SSF in an Agile/DevOps environment, check out our article in the ISACA Journal: https://www.isaca.org/Journal/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=460

 

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