October 21, 2021

Why You Should Consider a Cyber Career

[2 min read] Ostendio is proud to be a 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion. This blog is part of a series from the National Cybersecurity...
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October 12, 2021

3 Fundamentals for Shoring Up Phishing Defenses

[3 min read] Ostendio is proud to be a  2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion. This blog is part of a series from the National Cybersecurity...
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October 1, 2021

Ostendio is a Cybersecurity Awareness Month Champion 2021

[4 min read] Every October we raise awareness about Cybersecurity together with the National Cybersecurity Alliance. Their series of blog posts for...
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September 23, 2021

Embracing a Data Driven approach to Risk Management is the key to success

[4 min read] We all know how hectic the life of a CISO can be regardless of the size of business they support or the industry they are involved in. ...
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September 9, 2021

5 Most Common Vendor Risk Management Mistakes and how to avoid them

[4 min read] When it comes to managing risk, companies often overlook their vendors. But Vendor Risk Management should be an integral element of any...
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August 3, 2021

Remote vs Hybrid Work and the Real Cybersecurity Risk

[4 min read] We are at a turning point as companies are deciding what to do about returning to the office after the pandemic. As many schools prepare...
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July 29, 2021

3 Steps to Improve Your Company's Security Posture

[4 min read] Late last year we wrote a blog that looked at Risk Management and Data Security and suggested what you might do differently as we headed...
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July 16, 2021

How to avoid a Kaseya-type attack

[4 min read] There’s one thing that you can count on in the news right now and that’s another report of a data breach or ransomware attack. They seem...
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July 13, 2021

Why preparing for a SOC audit takes more than 2 weeks

[4 min read] Have you ever wished you could run a marathon?  I have run a few and I can tell you it is hard work and takes a lot of training just to...
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June 23, 2021


[3 min read] Many organizations know that they need to operate in line with HIPAA to protect sensitive data but they have also heard about HITRUST...
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June 22, 2021

What is the difference between risk management and risk assessment?

[4 min read] I have learned over my time working in the cybersecurity space that for many people and business leaders there is a lot of confusion...
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June 16, 2021

Security Audit: An Auditor's View

[4 min read] Security Audits can improve your organizational efficiency and data security When it comes to conducting audits there are multiple...
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May 26, 2021

Easing the top 3 pain points of security audits

[4 min read] Daunting. That’s the word we hear the most from customers when it comes to thinking about completing a security audit. Time, money and...
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May 24, 2021

What is regulatory compliance?

[5 min read] Customers see a lot of confusing terms when they are looking at building a security program.  Terms such as “regulatory compliance”,...
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May 5, 2021

3 trends for safely managing security and risk in 2021

[4 min read] We talked previously about the type of cybersecurity and risk management challenges to expect in 2021, but the trends driving these...
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April 15, 2021

What is a SOC report?

[4 min read] SOC reports simplified with our top 10 questions and answers One of the most popular frameworks we get questions about is the SOC 2...
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March 31, 2021

Are you dissatisfied with your GRC platform?

[4 min read] 5 Key features you need that a traditional GRC provider doesn’t offer When we talk to customers, prospects and even audit partners, they...
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March 25, 2021

Hint Health Benefits from Multiple Security Standards

[4 min read] Hint Health is a technology enabled Direct Primary Care (DPC) solutions company that partners with visionary provider organizations to...
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March 11, 2021

Why is Vendor Risk Management a 'tick the box' process for most companies?

[5 min read] There is much confusion around Vendor Risk Management (VRM), what it is and how to handle it properly for all sizes of business. Too...
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February 4, 2021

Arklign builds an always-on approach to security

[4 min read] If you come from the tech-centric world of Tesla and Apple and enter the world of dental labs where orders are sent by paper, phone or...
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January 21, 2021

How will the healthcare industry deal with data in 2021?

[4 min read] The role of information technology has infiltrated the day to day mechanics of all industries especially healthcare. Information...
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January 8, 2021

Cybersecurity challenges for 2021 - moving beyond the audit

[4 min read] A recent article in SecureWorld “Lessons from 2020, and what to expect in 2021: An evolutionary time in cyber and privacy” looks back at...
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December 22, 2020

The most important lessons to take away from the SolarWinds hack

[5 min read] The data breach involving FireEye and SolarWinds was shocking. As the leader of a cybersecurity platform company, a significant breach...
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December 16, 2020

Risk Management and Data Security: Do these things differently in 2021

[5 min read] 2020 was undoubtedly a shock to the system, shaking up everyone’s personal and business life. At Ostendio we transitioned quickly to a...
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November 19, 2020

Making SOC 2 audits simple

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of a security audit? Have you heard the SOC 2 name mentioned in meetings but don’t understand...
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October 29, 2020

Cybersecurity and the 2020 Election

The election news cycle is in full swing as we near the big day on November 3rd. Regardless of how you vote, at Ostendio we encourage all employees...
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October 15, 2020

A guide to optimizing your existing security program

Many larger companies, and some medium sized companies, have a focused CISO with a great IT team who have all worked hard to establish a data...
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October 1, 2020

Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2020

Thinking about cybersecurity is a full time, 365 day-a-year job at Ostendio but for many it comes to mind most during October when the National...
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September 17, 2020

You passed your security audit...what’s next?

If you’ve recently built a data security and risk management program and passed a security audit, you’ve accomplished more than many organizations. ...
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September 11, 2020

Worried your business is too small for an effective cybersecurity program?

The first step in any process is often the hardest. Realizing that you need to take action is just the beginning, deciding what action to take is...
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September 3, 2020

How great Customer Service can benefit your business

As a CISO, you’ve spent time deciding on the best platform to suit your data security and risk management needs and you are ready for the...
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August 27, 2020

The value of bringing in experts during an audit

When it is time to prepare for your first audit you might be filled with dread.  How are you going to get through the audit? Will your employees or...
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August 20, 2020

How to run a successful data security program

It feels great to get to the point where you have built a cybersecurity program for your business. As a CISO you got the executive buy-in, everyone...
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August 14, 2020

Building a Comprehensive Cybersecurity Program in the age of COVID-19

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, too many organizations were not looking at a broad enough approach to cybersecurity as they evaluated...
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August 6, 2020

Twitter breach highlights why IT-centric security programs are insufficient

We might not be surprised when we read about another data breach but it does turn heads when it is a well-known brand like Twitter.  Recent reports...
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July 30, 2020

How Data Sets You Free (and Keeps You Safe)

The typical company significantly under invests in cyber security, a situation that is likely to be exacerbated as companies look to cut expenses...
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July 23, 2020

The Future Of Operational Risk Management

Security and Risk Management can be complicated. Predicting what might happen to your business and preparing to protect and mitigate against those...
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July 14, 2020

MyVCM CrossWalk Assessment shows increase in drive for multiple security standards

We have learnt a lot in the last year since we launched the successful MyVCM CrossWalk Assessment feature, an addition to the industry leading ...
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July 2, 2020

Are you ready for CCPA enforcement? Six steps to take right now

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) went into effect on January 1st 2020 but there are stages to its enforcement and we are about to hit...
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June 25, 2020

One year in: MyVCM CrossWalk Assessments has changed the way we approach security audits

It is hard to believe it has been a year since we launched MyVCM CrossWalk Assessments. This new feature radically changed the way companies...
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June 11, 2020

Renewing your SOC 2 could be easier than you think!

Security certifications are a must for vendors and technology firms. Many organizations choose SOC 2 as a way of demonstrating effective risk...
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May 28, 2020

5 ways to save money by rethinking your Data Security approach

CIOs have mostly ridden out the remote work surge caused by COVID-19.  The employees who can work remotely are now safely settled in their home...
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May 21, 2020

GDPR 2 years on- what happened to all the hype?

May 2020 marks the second year that GDPR has been in effect and we have already seen some significant fines totalling over $126 million.  Google has...
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May 13, 2020

How SOC audits help businesses during uncertain times

How is your business showing compliance to operational and business risks during these uncertain times? Many companies turn to the popular SOC report...
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May 7, 2020

Business Efficiency: the hidden benefit of an information security program

During these difficult times it is understandable that organizations may be looking for creative ways to cut costs or gain efficiency.  While...
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April 29, 2020

How can a Risk Management platform support your business during a crisis?

We are all getting used to our new “normal” but many businesses, both big and small, have been caught off-guard by the COVID-19 crisis. Having to...
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April 17, 2020

Using Risk Management strategies to help us effectively Socially Distance

As we start to adapt to our new quarantined life, one of the things that has struck me is how different people have benchmarked what they constitute...
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April 10, 2020

Is Zoom just the tip of the iceberg?

From the recently announced privacy issues being investigated by the New York Attorney General at Zoom, all the way back to the Zenefits scandal in...
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March 26, 2020

7 Tips to Reduce Risk Stemming from Remote Work

If you have a team working remotely due to the COVID-19 virus you are obviously not alone as we adjust to this new normal way of work.  At present, 1...
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March 19, 2020

5 Biggest Mistakes Companies Make in Vendor Risk Management -- and how to avoid them

Vendor Risk Management is a hot topic at the moment and for good reason.  A recent study by the Ponemon Institute showed 59% of companies have...
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March 3, 2020

Top 5 Questions (and answers) about Vendor Risk Management

If you missed our recent webinar “Re-thinking Vendor Risk Management” you can listen to it free and on-demand here.  In the webinar we talked about...
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February 25, 2020

Checking in on HIPAA in 2020

What do you need to know about HIPAA in 2020? This year, the changes are not so much about HIPAA itself, but about things that directly affect how...
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January 28, 2020

Top 10 Considerations for GRC Software Tools

When we talk to customers, prospects and even audit partners, they are often overwhelmed with the choices they have for GRC tools.  There is a lot of...
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January 7, 2020

Cybersecurity Predictions 2020: CCPA Leads in a year of oversight and regulation!

The start of a decade is always an exciting time. When you think about how technology has changed in the last 10 years you can only imagine what...
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January 7, 2020

8 Highlights of Ostendio’s Success in 2019

2019 was an incredible year of growth for Ostendio.  We continue to ramp up our business while working hard every day to deliver on our promises to...
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December 17, 2019

Our Top 5 Most Popular Security, Audit and Risk Management Webinars of 2019

Webinars are some of our most popular content on the Ostendio web site. Across 2019 we hosted a series of webinars that combined best practices and...
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December 2, 2019

5 Must-Read Ostendio Blog Posts of 2019

We’ve had an incredible year of growth at Ostendio and, as our company has grown, so has our blog readership.  At the end of every year, we revisit...
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November 26, 2019

The 10 Step Process for Building an Incident Response Team

We are all used to doing regular fire drills at the office or at school, and we accept the benefits of having defined roles and responsibilities...
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November 19, 2019

5 Mistakes Companies Make in the Security Audit Process

It’s easy to make mistakes.  We’ve all done it. Maybe you’ve put the milk in the cupboard and the cereal in the fridge this morning! These things...
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November 5, 2019

Easing the Pain of Security Audits with MyVCM Auditor Connect

Today we announced an exciting new addition to the Ostendio MyVCM platform - MyVCM Auditor Connect. You can read the press release here, but I...
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October 31, 2019

What Anyone in Healthcare Needs to Know about Data Breaches

There is no single industry with greater sensitivity to data breaches than healthcare. But unfortunately, breaches across healthcare companies,...
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October 18, 2019

How to Stay Safe Online with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)

Ostendio is a champion of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) which is observed every October. This month of awareness was created as a...
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August 29, 2019

Unpacking the SCF Capability Maturity Model

If you aren’t familiar with the Secure Controls Framework (SCF), you should be. It’s a non-profit organization dedicated to providing content that...
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August 20, 2019

Cybersecurity Dictionary for 2019

In case you are new to the world of cybersecurity and are struggling to learn or understand some of the new terms you are hearing, don’t worry, we’re...
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May 21, 2019

7 Reasons Companies Can’t Avoid a Security Risk Assessment

If you’re a company with the view that cybersecurity is largely an IT issue, you may take the attitude of “We’ve got this.” Hold that thought. When...
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November 14, 2018

5 Tips for Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity

You’ve likely heard about organizations having a culture of compliance but not as much about having a culture of cybersecurity. Yet as threats to our...
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October 24, 2018

5 Ways to Integrate your Cybersecurity and Compliance Programs

Data breaches aren’t just a problem for security professionals. The impact is felt across the whole business—from your legal team, embroiled in...
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September 27, 2018

Why SMBs Need to Ramp up Security Awareness Training

Did you know that small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) may have a higher cybersecurity risk than larger counterparts when you consider...
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June 13, 2018

What the HITRUST & NIST Alignment Brings to Healthcare Organizations

HITRUST (Health Information Trust Alliance) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) recently announced that they have teamed up and...
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May 8, 2018

HIPAA Plus: What Healthcare Needs to Understand about Cybersecurity

When it comes to HIPAA compliance and cybersecurity, the danger comes with thinking one assures the other. It doesn’t.  Just skim the daily headlines...
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February 28, 2018

I’m Not an IT Employee, How Can I Protect Sensitive Data?

With so much data being created, sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s sensitive data and what isn’t, what’s a risk to it and what’s not. This can be...
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January 22, 2018

Why the IoT Security of Medical Devices falls on Device Makers

When you’re a medical device manufacturer, your primary goal is to get your product into hospitals and care provider networks. The internet of things...
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January 8, 2018

How about a Cybersecurity Resolution for 2018?

It’s a new year with a new budget, and a new year’s resolution for laser-focus on cybersecurity. That should be easier to keep than the ones for no...
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January 4, 2018

Compliance and Security: Why One Does NOT Equal The Other

It’s an all-too- common misunderstanding, but a robust information security program doesn’t mean you’re in compliance with whatever regulations...
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December 20, 2017

ePHI Data Breaches: How to Reduce the Human Risk

As we wrap up 2017, the number of healthcare data breaches are up over 2016, with 41% caused by “insiders” per the Protenus Breach Barometer mid-year...
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November 10, 2017

Small Businesses “Get It” when it comes to Cybersecurity

As we wrap up Cybersecurity Awareness Month, keep in mind that cybercriminals are indiscriminate in who they attack. Large business, small business,...
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June 28, 2017

4th of July Tech Tips (and for Travel in General)

As America gears up for hot dogs, fireworks and celebrating with friends and family, keep in mind these five security tips to help protect your...
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December 20, 2016

Top 5 Predictions for Healthcare Cybersecurity in 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, it was a busy year for both companies defending themselves, and cyber criminals creating new forms of attack. As CEO of...
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December 7, 2016

Compliance & Risk: Has the Zenefits Lesson Changed the Game?

After a lengthy process of “putting things to rights” in 17 states, Zenefits is paying up to US$7 million in penalties. As with other digital health...
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May 12, 2016

Ransomware Cyberattacks: 7 Steps to Protect Yourself!

In the last few months we have seen a spike in cybercrime with a series of ransomware attacks in the healthcare industry. Hospitals, from California...
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April 18, 2016

The Brave (not so new) World of Compliance & Cybersecurity

GUEST BLOG: Our guest blog post  this week is written by Chris Apgar, CEO of Apgar and Associates, LLC. Chris is a recognized expert in Information...
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January 27, 2016

FDA takes on Mobile Security

A recent Healthcare IT News article revealed that 95% of FDA approved mobile health apps lack important technical protection layers. That means our...
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