Compliance doesn’t equal security

True or False:
Compliance is an effective way to protect against data breaches.

If you’re like 64% of executives, you believe the answer to be true. However, over the last decade, a continually shifting threat landscape is making it clear: Checking off boxes recommended by industry regulators simply won’t cut it anymore.

Compliance doesn’t equal security

“When a company relies too heavily on compliance, without employing proven cybersecurity practices over and above the basics, they can face significant fines, suffer irreparable damage to its brand, even face criminal charges” 

How can you protect your organization?

First of all, don’t look at compliance as a magic bullet with the power to solve your security issues. Instead, look at security as a journey, with compliance as a roadmap. Here’s how:

Use compliance guidelines to inform your security policy

By treating compliance guidelines, such as HIPPA, SOC2, PCI, etc., as the building blocks of your security program, you can customize policies to align with business operations. They can also inform best practices for your teams, applications, workflows and more.

Make cybersecurity a 24/7/365 undertaking

Define a solid cybersecurity plan – and stick to it. Use all the tools and processes you have at your disposal, including SIEM and human oversight. Every action, and inaction, counts.

Employ a multi-pronged approach to cybersecurity

Once your security policy has been defined and activated you should:

  • Prioritize education: Educate your teams. Continue to educate your teams. Test your teams. (Then repeat the process!)
  • Update your understanding: Learn to view compliance as a moment-in-time security snapshot and cybersecurity as an always-on task.
  • Deploy the right technology: Ensure the technology you use matches the needs of your business, and make double-sure sure you know how to use it.


As you can see, a solid cybersecurity plan takes more than checking boxes and hoping for the best. Forward-thinking companies are viewing it as an ongoing, collaborative journey. Are you one of them?