Successfully Navigating a Microsoft SSPA and DPR Assessment

Posted Posted in Blog Categories, Industry, Security, Strategy

Along with being one of the largest employers in the greater Seattle area, Microsoft has also helped create a wide network of local vendors and suppliers — all of which are required to meet compliance standards. These standards are included in the Microsoft Supplier Security and Privacy Assurance (SSPA) Program in the form of the Microsoft Supplier Data Protection Requirements (DPR), which EXP has experience helping clients with. There are 56 requirements in all, and many can be bewildering to non-technical readers. Companies must confirm compliance with each one, and any noncompliance can put the company in danger of losing its vendor status — a major concern to say the least. 

Take Control of Password Management

Posted Posted in Cybersecurity, Security

Whether its work or personal, passwords are an integral part of our routines at every level of access, and with the increasing complexity of illicit attempts to gain entry into our lives of password laden data it forces us to adapt and further enforce our own internal password policies & procedures.

In doing so it also creates additional points of user vulnerability if we continue to rely on the password storage recall techniques of days past.

Creating and Enforcing IT Security Policies

Posted Posted in Security

Though writing and enforcing policies and procedures is probably nobody’s favorite area of IT operations, it’s still a vital part of your business. While creating and following set policies is mandatory for government contractors and HIPAA covered entities, EXP takes it a step further. We recommend all companies and organizations maintain and enforce a basic package of policies and procedures that includes the following points…

Creating a Layered Security Approach

Posted Posted in Security, Uncategorized

“Imagine a typical Seattle weather day (excluding July and August maybe). You’re heading out for a mixed day of fun and errands that may include visiting the local farmers market, taking the dog for a walk, making a trip to a taco truck, and maybe a hike around Discovery Park. You’ll do some walking, some driving and move between indoors and outdoors. How do you dress for this multi-faceted excursion? Layers. The answer is always layers.”