Top 5 Mistakes When Pursuing Cybersecurity Compliance

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At a time when cyber threats loom large, achieving cybersecurity compliance with standards like ISO 27001 or SOC 2 is not just a regulatory requirement but a great way to manage risk and avoid losses.

However, the journey to compliance can be long and complex. At Silent Breach, we've observed a variety of missteps companies often make on their compliance journey.

Here, we'll explore some of the most common mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Underestimating the Scope and Complexity

Many organizations start their compliance journey with an optimistic timeline and resource estimate, only to realize midway that the scope is far broader and more complex than anticipated. Popular frameworks such as ISO 27001, SOC 2, and NIST CSF encompass a wide range of controls, policies, and procedures that need to be meticulously documented and implemented. It's important to have a realistic view of the entire process from the outset to avoid burnout and resource misalignment.

Solution: Conduct a thorough gap analysis at the beginning of the project to understand the current state of your security posture versus the requirements of the standard. Develop a realistic timeline and resource allocation plan that accounts for potential hurdles and complexities.

Silent Breach offers a guided 90-day Accelerated Compliance Program to help organizations obtain certification on-time and on-budget.

2. Inadequate Senior Management Support

Compliance initiatives require buy-in from the top. Without the commitment and support of senior management, it's challenging to secure the necessary resources, drive organization-wide engagement, and maintain momentum.

While technical controls are a crucial component of cybersecurity, compliance standards also emphasize the importance of administrative and physical controls. Companies that focus only on IT security measures may fall short in other critical areas. We've seen far too many well-intended compliance initiatives stall due to weak organizational buy-in and project management. This not only results in a ballooning of costs and timeframe, but can even postpone the final certification indefinitely.

Solution: Educate senior management on the importance of cybersecurity compliance. Highlight the potential risks of non-compliance, including financial penalties, reputational damage, and operational disruptions. Ensure that senior leaders are actively involved in the planning and monitoring of the compliance process. And remember, when it comes to pursuing compliance, timing is everything.

3. Overlooking the Importance of Continuous Monitoring

Achieving compliance is not a one-time effort but an ongoing process. Many companies make the mistake of thinking that once they've passed the initial audit, their work is done. This complacency can lead to non-compliance and increased vulnerability to cyber threats.

Solution: Establish a continuous monitoring program that includes regular internal audits, vulnerability assessments, and compliance checks. Use automated tools to streamline this process and ensure that any issues are identified and addressed promptly.

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4. Poor Documentation Practices

Proper documentation is a cornerstone of cybersecurity compliance. Incomplete, outdated, or poorly organized documentation can derail your compliance efforts and lead to audit failures. Full ISO 27001 or SOC 2 certification requires dozens of properly documented policies, procedures, tools, and even secure coding practices. For those companies starting from scratch, producing all of these reports within a reasonable timeframe can be overwhelming and insurmountable.

Solution: Maintain meticulous and up-to-date documentation for all policies, procedures, and controls. Partner with a security firm to leverage existing templates and best practices. Use document management tools to organize and track changes.

5. Underestimating the Cost

Compliance can be expensive, encompassing costs related to technology, personnel, training, and audits. Companies often underestimate these expenses, leading to budget shortfalls and incomplete compliance efforts. For example, many frameworks require regular external penetration testing, cloud audits, and other security reviews to obtain and maintain compliance. If these costs are not factored in and budgeted, they can spell trouble for even a well-executed security program.

Solution: Develop a detailed budget that accounts for all aspects of the compliance process. Consider costs for initial implementation as well as ongoing maintenance. Working with one vendor for all your external tests can be a great way to lower your overall costs, accelerate your timeline, and drive implementation without compromising on quality.

In addition to managing your compliance certification, Silent Breach offers a full range of award-winning cybersecurity services, including everything you'll need during your entire compliance journey. These can be bundled to help save you valuable time and money.


Pursuing cybersecurity compliance can be challenging but is ultimately rewarding. By recognizing and addressing the common mistakes outlined above, companies can better navigate the complexities of compliance standards like ISO 27001 and SOC 2. At Silent Breach, we're committed to helping organizations achieve robust cybersecurity compliance through expert guidance, cutting-edge solutions, and continuous support.

To learn more about how you can achieve compliance in as little as 90 days, visit us at or contact us for a free consultation.

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