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Compliance and Audit

Save time while avoiding compliance risk

Quickly demonstrate security best practices and compliance readiness at cloud-native scale for sensitive data across all your public cloud, multi-cloud and on-premises environments.

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Why risk it? Continuous compliance monitoring that you can trust

Demonstrate security best practices

Streamline your risk management program with data monitoring and security and configuration analyses required for rapid, cost-effective continuous compliance readiness for security frameworks like HIPAA, NIST, CMMC, or ISO 27001.

Demonstrate security best practices

Manage compliance at cloud scale

Power your security compliance with a cloud-native SaaS platform that collects, stores and analyzes exabytes of security logs and event data, including context into user activities.

Manage compliance at cloud scale

Shorten audit cycles

Out-of-the-box integration apps include pre-built searches and granular dashboards to demonstrate continuous PCI compliance across cloud and on-premises environments, thereby reducing manual effort spent for time-intensive security compliance auditing.

Shorten audit cycles

Detect regulatory compliance risk

Leverage real-time visibility across public cloud, multi-cloud and on-prem data sources with detection and reporting on configuration errors and non-compliant configurations.

Detect regulatory compliance risk


What is the purpose of a security compliance audit?

The purpose of a security compliance audit is to assess and evaluate an organization's adherence to specific security standards, regulations, or frameworks. Essentially, it answers the question, how are your current security controls meeting the security and privacy requirements of the protected assets?

In addition to assessing compliance, the cybersecurity audit helps identify potential security vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and risks, assesses the effectiveness of a company’s security controls and measures, verifies the existence and adequacy of security-related policies, procedures, and documentation, and ensures organizations meet legal and regulatory requirements of their industry.

In so doing, a cybersecurity compliance audit helps organizations improve their overall security posture and is evidence of an organization's commitment to protecting its assets from potential threats and risks.

What is compliance risk management?

Compliance risk management refers to identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks associated with non-compliance with laws, regulations, industry standards, and internal security policy within an organization. It is an ongoing process that requires commitment, resources, and a proactive approach to ensure that an organization operates in a compliant manner. And it involves establishing systematic approaches and controls to ensure that the organization operates within the boundaries of legal and regulatory requirements.

By effectively managing compliance risks, organizations can reduce legal and financial liabilities, protect their reputation, build trust with stakeholders, and create a more sustainable and ethical business environment.

What are compliance auditors looking for?

An external audit by a compliance auditor (also known as an external auditor or compliance officer) will conduct an audit process to assess the internal policies of a company's compliance program and determine if its fulfilling its compliance obligations.

What rules must compliance audits follow?

Specific rules may vary depending on the audit framework or standard being used, but there are some general rules that apply universally.

Auditors must maintain independence and objectivity throughout the audit process, thoroughly document the process with a completed report, and adhere to a recognized compliance framework or standard, such as ISO 27001, NIST Cybersecurity Framework, PCI DSS, or industry-specific regulations.

The audit scope should be clearly defined, including the systems, processes and areas of the organization that will be assessed. Audits should take a risk-based approach, identifying and prioritizing higher-risk areas for detailed security assessment. Subsequently, they select a representative sample of systems, processes, or transactions for examination rather than auditing every item.

What should be covered in a security compliance audit?

While the specific scope may vary depending on the industry, organization size, and regulatory requirements, here are some common areas that should be covered in a security compliance audit:

  • Current security policies, procedures and guidelines and security incident history

  • Access controls, including user access management, authentication mechanisms, password policies and segregation of duties.

  • Network security controls, including firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems and network segmentation.

  • Data protection measures, including encryption, data classification, data retention and data privacy controls.

  • Incident response procedures and processes, including incident reporting and analysis.

  • Physical security controls, such as access control systems, surveillance and security monitoring

  • Security awareness and employee training programs

  • Vendor management practices, including due diligence process, contractual obligations and ongoing monitoring of vendor security controls.

  • Compliance with relevant industry-specific regulations, such as HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS, or SOX, depending on the industry and geographical location.

How do companies save time, demonstrate compliance and avoid risk with Sumo Logic?

When it’s time for an audit, the Sumo Logic platform increases understanding, streamlines the auditing process and ensures ongoing compliance with various security regulations and frameworks in the following ways:

  • Centralize data collection, capturing a wide range of organizational data from wherever it originates, empowering organizations to monitor and learn from it.

  • Make various data types available with 100% visibility and visualize them in compelling, configurable dashboards for real-time monitoring and insights.

  • Find any data at any time using query language to create filters and search parameters — whether it relates to regulatory compliance or internal security controls.

  • Leverage machine learning analytics to improve and streamline audit processes and expedite compliance using tools like our PCI Dashboard.

  • Cost-effective data storage that maintains attestations, such as SOC2 Type II, HIPAA, PCI Service Level 1 Provider, and a FedRAMP moderate authorized offering.

  • Real-time monitoring of incoming data and security controls to identify anomalies that could signal a security risk, cyber threats, vulnerability, security threat or non-compliance.

Numerous data integrations and out-of-the-box applications that properly collect and catalog all data.

Continuous, cost-effective compliance at cloud scale

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