COVID-19 may have slowed down business, but it hasn’t slowed down time. Meeting the deadlines to demonstrate compliance with cybersecurity regulations and certification standards under pandemic conditions is proving to be a challenge for some companies.

A survey of 100 North American CISOs that was conducted last June and whose findings were released on Sept. 15 found that even in the coronavirus era, security professionals are prepping for 3.3 audits on average over the next six to 12 months, as they seek compliance with multiple frameworks and standards, such as those those mandated by aka Health Information Trust Alliance, or HITRUST (51 percent of respondents), HIPAA (45 percent), the Payment Card Industry (41 percent) and the California Consumer Privacy Act aka CCPA (41 percent).

And yet, as they circle these dates on the calendar, CISOs must contend with inadequate tools, budgets and manpower. Among the CISOs participating in the survey, commissioned by automated cloud compliance company Shujinko, two-thirds said they dislike their current audit preparation toolsets. Asked how the audit preparation process could be improved, respondents cited better automation, communication and collaboration as their top three preferences.

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