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Cybersecurity Attestation Services

Building trust in your cybersecurity risk management program

A heightened focus on cybersecurity risk management

As high-profile cyber attacks become more common and the need for digital trust intensifies, executive management teams are sharpening their focus on cyber resilience. To exercise their fiduciary duty, boards need to have confidence that the organization has a “defensible” cybersecurity risk management program in place. Today’s concerns and increased scrutiny demand confidence at every level of the organization. As a result, internal and external stakeholders are seeking greater transparency to better understand how effective cybersecurity risk management programs work.

Cybersecurity attestation reporting, developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, addresses this demand. Through the reporting framework and related guidance, organizations can provide an independent, objective view of their cybersecurity risk management and communicate relevant information to key stakeholders.

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Reaping the benefits of an effective cybersecurity risk management program 

Now is the time for companies to begin their path to cybersecurity attestation and seize the opportunity to become marketplace leaders through:

  • Increased transparency to stakeholders, especially during significant business change, such as M&A activity
  • Enhanced brand reputation and competitive edge
  • Reduced costs for communication and compliance, with a single report that responds to various needs; as well as savings from actions taken to close gaps identified during the assessment process
  • Independent assurance reporting and governance

Upping the game on your cybersecurity risk management program

With the right knowledge, skills, and expertise from a third party, the initial assessment process can help companies identify gaps in their cybersecurity program, understand the threat landscape, and guard themselves against their greatest vulnerabilities. This knowledge—and how the organization responds to these gaps, from capability-building to dynamic adjustments in a programmatic, risk-based approach—provides the foundation to build upon for a future attestation report.

Making the right moves in this space, and plotting a cybersecurity attestation road map, signals an organization’s commitment to its stakeholders and the level of responsibility it is willing to take to mitigate risk and build trust.

Gaining deeper insight into your cybersecurity risk management controls

Our cybersecurity and risk management professionals can:

  • Offer clear and necessary insight into a company’s cybersecurity controls and provide recommendations to enhance cybersecurity risk management
  • Perform a readiness assessment against a defined framework (such as the applicable revised trust services criteria and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cybersecurity Framework) to provide management with observations and recommendations to enhance their cybersecurity risk management program
  • Prepare for and execute future cybersecurity attestation reporting, which can be provided to key stakeholders

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Todd Bialick

Todd Bialick

Digital Assurance and Transparency Leader, PwC US

Mark Cornish

Mark Cornish

Cybersecurity Attestation Services Leader, PwC US

James Fox

James Fox

Principal, Cybersecurity and Privacy Assurance Leader , PwC US

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