The UCF provides a set of recommended common controls with framework overlap, but no standardized framework can completely account for your organization’s unique circumstances. These are meant to be guides — not a silver bullet. You’ll still need to review the mapping to determine actual compliance and potential gaps. Failing to do so may result in a false assertion about your compliance posture, and could negatively impact external audit or examination outcomes. Implemented controls need to fit in your environment with your systems and with your strategic objectives.
For example, you might have implemented logical access controls for certain IT environments, but you have recently implemented a new system which needs to comply with PCI DSS standards. The UCF might indicate you already have the required controls in place, but they might not actually apply to the newly implemented system. It is critical for organizations to always review the recommended UCF cross-framework mappings considering the scope of implemented controls to determine actual compliance and potential gaps.
Managing compliance with multiple frameworks is difficult on its own. Add in the additional complexities of your organization’s unique scope, controls, and minimal resources, can make managing your compliance program appear as an impossible task. Implementing the right security compliance software can help your organization streamline your compliance program and free up resources to work on value-add activities. Compliance management software gives you the flexibility to take advantage of the UCF controls but still lets you tailor your environment to your specific business needs.
Only you can assess the benefit of aligning your compliance program to a comprehensive framework like UCF. When you do, the time savings and reduction in audit fatigue by everyone involved will be a significant factor in the decision-making process. If the approach works for your organization, you may be able to ease the audit fatigue caused by redundant, manual testing.