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September 15, 2023
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SEC's New Cybersecurity Rules

Learn about SEC's new cybersecurity rules for public companies and how Strac can help

SEC's New Cybersecurity Rules
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September 15, 2023
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SEC's New Cybersecurity Rules

Learn about SEC's new cybersecurity rules for public companies and how Strac can help



  • The SEC has introduced new cybersecurity rules for public companies, including mandatory disclosure of incidents and yearly risk management disclosure.
  • The SEC's OCIE (Office Of Compliance Inspections And Examinations) has provided insights on cybersecurity practices to enhance operational resilience.
  • Strac offers solutions to help organizations comply with the SEC's new rules, including granular access controls and data loss prevention measures.
  • Strac also provides effective access management proactive access monitoring, and streamlines inventory management for core business operations and systems.
  • Leveraging Strac Software ensures compliance with regulatory norms and proactive cybersecurity management.

Cybersecurity has seen significant strides in the past few years, with increasing threats and regulatory advancements aligning. On July 26, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a landmark move in this direction. Here, we delve deep into the SEC's new rules and the insights provided by the Office Of Compliance Inspections And Examinations (OCIE) on cybersecurity. We also explore how Strac, a prominent player in the Data Loss Prevention and Sensitive Data Discovery software market, can offer tangible solutions in light of the new guidelines.

1. A Comprehensive Overview of SEC's New Cybersecurity Rules

The SEC unveiled a series of rules centered on cybersecurity risk management, strategy, governance, and incident disclosure for public companies. Key highlights of the new rules include:

  • Mandatory disclosure of material cybersecurity incidents experienced by registrants.
  • Yearly disclosure of cybersecurity risk management, strategy, and governance details.
  • Comparable disclosure norms for foreign private issuers.
  • The creation of Item 1.05 of Form 8-K for registrants to detail significant cybersecurity incidents, including the incident's scope, timing, and potential impact.
  • The introduction of Regulation S-K Item 106 provides insights into a registrant's risk assessment process concerning cybersecurity threats and the role of the board and management in managing these risks.

These rules are set to effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, with different forms having varying disclosure timelines. For more details, please read:

2. Understanding OCIE's Cybersecurity and Resiliency Observations

The SEC's OCIE has been at the forefront of identifying cybersecurity risks. Through extensive evaluations of various SEC registrants, OCIE has outlined industry practices in several areas, including governance, access controls, data loss prevention, and more. Check out their detailed document here: The objective is to equip market participants with insights to bolster cybersecurity preparedness and enhance operational resilience.

3. How Strac Software Can Help You Comply with SEC's New Rules

Strac's Data Loss Prevention and Sensitive Data Discovery software is uniquely positioned to address several key areas highlighted by the OCIE. Here's how:

a. Enhancing User Access for SEC Cybersecurity Compliance

Challenge: A robust cybersecurity framework demands a comprehensive understanding of user access requirements. This includes periodic reviews and stringent access controls to sensitive data and systems.

Strac Solution: Strac Software provides granular access controls, ensuring only authorized personnel can access sensitive data. Its intuitive dashboard facilitates periodic reviews, ensuring data access aligns with an individual's role and responsibilities.

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b. Effective Access Management for SEC Cybersecurity Compliance

Challenge: Efficient user access management encompasses multiple facets – from onboarding to termination, re-certifying access rights, strong password policies, multi-factor authentication, and more.

Strac Solution: Strac's platform offers an integrated approach to access management. From facilitating strong password policies to enabling multi-factor authentication, Strac ensures that user access is secure and compliant with the latest regulations.

c. Proactive Access Monitoring for SEC Cybersecurity Compliance

Challenge: Continuous monitoring of user access, tracking failed login attempts, authenticating unusual requests, and reviewing system changes are critical to maintaining a secure environment.

Strac Solution: Strac’s monitoring capabilities are unparalleled. Its advanced algorithms track login patterns, flagging any anomalies. The platform also maintains a comprehensive log of system changes, ensuring transparency and accountability.

d. Implementing Data Loss Prevention Measures for SEC Compliance

Challenge: Ensuring that sensitive data remains secure and isn't misused or accessed by unauthorized users is paramount.

Strac Solution: Strac's core strength lies in data loss prevention. Its suite of tools ensures that sensitive data remains under a protective shield, mitigating risks of unauthorized access or misuse.

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e. Streamlining Inventory of Core Business Operations and Systems for SEC Compliance

Challenge: Identifying core business services and understanding the implications of system or process failures on these services is crucial.

Strac Solution: Strac offers a comprehensive inventory management system, allowing organizations to map and prioritize their core business services. The platform also provides insights into potential vulnerabilities, ensuring businesses remain resilient despite unforeseen challenges.

Check out how you can monitor all your SaaS and Cloud apps by reading this detailed blog post on Data Loss Prevention Scanning

Conclusion: Leveraging Strac Software for SEC Cybersecurity Compliance

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In an era where cybersecurity threats are evolving rapidly, the SEC's new rules represent a significant step forward in ensuring transparency, accountability, and resilience. Strac Software, with its advanced data loss prevention and sensitive data discovery capabilities, emerges as a critical ally for organizations looking to navigate these changes effectively. Embracing solutions like Strac ensures compliance with regulatory norms and fosters a culture of proactive cybersecurity management.

Founder, Strac. ex-Amazon Payments Infrastructure (Widget, API, Security) Builder for 11 years.

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