Understanding the difference between a snapshot and continuous compliance
In order to meet important compliance standards, such as PCI DSS or SSAE SOC, many companies must demonstrate they are eligible to perform and have performed certain self-assessments. In other words, attestation of compliance is best understood as a claim a company makes about itself regarding information security controls and processes. For many companies, this is done periodically and relative value of that attestation of compliance loses validity over time.
In this respect, an attestation of compliance is really just a snapshot. It represents what was true at one time but does not offer ongoing assurance that the claim is still valid. Just because a company demonstrated certain controls in the past is no guarantee that those same controls are in place today. In order to demonstrate ongoing compliance, many companies are implementing Continuous Compliance and Assurance (CCA), an ongoing process of proactive risk management that delivers predictable, transparent and cost-effective results to meet information security goals.
Through CCA, the compliance status of company data and personal information is monitored at all times through a convenient digital dashboard that empowers companies to understand and demonstrate their compliance status at any time. As a result, an attestation of compliance becomes an ongoing state of being, not a point-in-time snapshot. This distinction is valuable for competitive and compliance purposes.
While the basic meaning of attestation of compliance is simple, what is more important is recognizing how and when it is obtained. CCA offers a real-time, all-the-time advantage that has rendered the snapshot attestation model obsolete.
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