With existing and constantly emerging information security control requirements burdening the enterprise, how do we get our arms around this challenge while maintaining our sanity? The goal is to provide a clear compliance path for industry and legislative requirements. This body of work in the end should reach as large an audience as possible facilitating broader acceptance within the corporation. The old adage of “Work smarter, not harder” applies like it never has before. With the disparate demands of Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA, PCI, GLBA, FISMA, FIPS standards, NIST Special Publications, and many others, it is easy to understand why there is so much frustration and expense involved in compliance. There is no clear end to the challenges as information security practitioners we are faced with. There is however a relatively clear solution. Distill the unique control requirements out and consolidate the common ones into a unified framework. Information security concepts should not be proprietary. A unified community effort to improve the condition of information security benefits everyone. This includes every public or private organization no matter what the size, shape, or form they come in. By protecting information, you protect identities, profits, reputations, and the list goes on and on.
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The end result of this collaborative effort will be a comprehensive control framework that anyone might use to verify the status of operational security controls within the enterprise. This framework is being developed to encompass any legislative requirement or industry requirement with a common evaluation framework.
The ideal end result would be that the HORSE framework guides the organization though a single audit event in a sustainable fashion completing an audit in one pass, testing evidence in one pass, and constructing a sustainable process that ultimately raises the bar within the enterprise in a more organized efficient manner.