Security compliance audit

Compliance with international standards is your competitive advantage

Compliance with information security standards shows the maturity of your management, sophistication of your administration, adherence to contemporary best practices, and proves that you care about data protection, the perseverance and resilience of IT systems, business continuity, responsibility, manageability, and other security-related business requirements.

What is a compliance audit?

A compliance audit examines all aspects of a company’s compliance with standards, regulations, or  legal requirements. During a compliance audit, auditors assess the robustness and completeness of compliance policies, procedures, security processes and controls, risk management, and many other security aspects.

Compliance audit process with us

The standard delivery process for the implementation and support of ISO 27001, TISAX, and other standards

  1. Confidentiality. We sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement and become committed to maintaining confidentiality.
  2. Development of Statement of Works. Definition of the delivery scope and prioritisation. We carry out this stage for you free of charge.
  3. The deal. We send you a detailed commercial offer including a high-level project plan. Then we sign a Service Agreement.
  4. Initial audit, gap analysis, and detailed project planning. We interview your staff, check the documents, assess the physical security perimeter, etc.
  5. Implementation of security processes and operations. We implement an Information Security Management System (ISMS) for you.
  6. The certification process. This stage includes the selection of a certification body, pre-audit, corrective actions, and a certification audit.
  7. Ongoing support of the ISMS. The ISMS should be supported, maintained, and optimised. We will make sure that your ISMS is up to date.

Security standards and regulations we work with

H-X Technologies provides a compliance audit in accordance to these standards and regulations:

  1. ISO 27001/27002. Learn more.
  2. VDA ISA (Verband der Automobilindustrie Information Security Assessment), ENX TISAX® (Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange), ISO/TS 16949, ASPICE (Automotive Software Performance Improvement and Capability determination). Learn more.
  3. GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation). Learn more.
  4. SOC 2 (System and Organisation Control). Learn more.
  5. PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), SWIFT Customer Security Controls Framework (CSCF). Learn more.
  6. HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health), HITRUST (Health Information Trust Alliance).
  7. ISF SoGP (Information Security Forum’s Standard of Good Practice for Information Security).
  8. COBIT (Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies).
  9. Other standards and regulations.

How is that different from financial audit services?

A compliance audit checks whether rules and procedures are followed, whereas a financial audit examines financial accounts.

While a compliance audit focuses on legal and regulatory compliance, a financial audit examines financial facts.

A financial audit is performed by an independent auditor, whereas a compliance audit can be carried out by anybody who satisfies the qualifying requirements, independent or not.

At the same time, certification compliance audits should be performed by an accredited audit organisation that often should be independent from the organisation that implemented the compliance.

What do our compliance audit services include?

In order to keep your company compliant with applicable external laws, industry duties, and corporate directions, we make sure compliance is timely and correct.

Our compliance audit solutions assess whether:

  • the law, the rules, the frameworks, and the management systems are observed and adhered to;
  • system and structure controls are ready;
  • internal processes and operations are formalised and optimised;
  • the rules relevant to your industry are observed;
  • the terms of grant agreements and contracts are adhered to.

Service Summary

⏳ Duration of project

In average, 3 to 4 weeks or more, depending on the size, complexity, scope, and regulations.

🎁 Can it be free or have a testing period?

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💼 What type of business needs it?

Healthcare, finance, government, and businesses that process or store sensitive data such as credit card information, personally identifiable information or commercial secrets.

💡 When is this service needed?

When you handle sensitive data, must comply with regulations or customer’s requirements, or when you have recently recovered from a security incident.

📈 Your profit

Prevented costly data breaches, fines, penalties, and other legal and reputation damage. Improved reputation and increased customer trust and loyalty.

⚙️ Our methods and tools

Policy and procedure review, vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, log analysis, configuration review, interviews and surveys, and documentation review.

📑 Deliverables

Compliance reports, risk assessments, remediation plans and roadmaps, test results, executive summaries, certificates of compliance, etc.

Check out our additional services and business cases. Contact us now to learn more about how our compliance audit services can benefit your business.


Security audits are important for several reasons:

  1. Identify vulnerabilities: A security audit helps to identify any weaknesses or vulnerabilities in a company's security infrastructure. This allows the organization to take proactive steps to address these issues before they can be exploited by attackers.
  2. Compliance: Many industries have specific regulations and compliance requirements that organizations must adhere to. A security audit ensures that the organization is meeting these requirements and avoiding any potential penalties or legal issues.
  3. Protect sensitive information: A security audit helps to protect sensitive information by ensuring that access controls are in place and working properly, data is encrypted, and other security measures are in place.
  4. Improve security posture: A security audit provides an opportunity for organizations to improve their security posture by identifying areas for improvement and implementing best practices.
  5. Build trust: A security audit can help build trust with customers, partners, and stakeholders by demonstrating a commitment to security and protecting sensitive information.

Security auditing in cybersecurity is a process of assessing the security of an organization's information systems, network infrastructure, and policies and procedures to ensure that they are in compliance with industry standards and regulations, and to identify any weaknesses or vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cyber attackers. The primary goal of a security audit is to evaluate the effectiveness of an organization's security controls and to provide recommendations for improving the security posture. A security audit typically involves reviewing system configurations, conducting vulnerability scans and penetration testing, and evaluating access controls, data protection measures, and incident response plans.

A security audit works by assessing the security controls, policies, and procedures that are in place to protect a company's information assets. Here are the general steps involved in a security audit:

Planning: The first step is to define the scope of the audit, including the systems, applications, and data that will be assessed. The objectives of the audit are also defined at this stage.

Gathering information: Information is collected about the company's security controls, policies, and procedures through interviews with key stakeholders, reviews of documentation, and technical scans.

Assessing security controls: The security controls that are in place to protect the company's information assets are evaluated against established criteria. This may involve reviewing access controls, network security, vulnerability management, and other areas.

Analyzing findings: The findings of the audit are analyzed to identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities in the company's security infrastructure. This helps to determine the level of risk associated with each finding.

Providing recommendations: Based on the findings of the audit, recommendations are provided to address any weaknesses or vulnerabilities that were identified. These recommendations may include technical controls, policies and procedures, or employee training.

Follow-up: After the audit is completed, follow-up activities may be conducted to ensure that the recommendations are implemented effectively.

One of the primary goals of a security audit is to ensure compliance with regulations and industry standards, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and ISO/IEC 27001. Compliance with these regulations and standards helps to protect sensitive information, including personal data, financial information, and intellectual property. Another key objective of a security audit is to improve the overall security posture of the company. This involves identifying areas where security controls can be enhanced, implementing new security measures, and ensuring that security policies and procedures are followed by employees.

By conducting a security audit, companies can build trust with their customers, partners, and stakeholders. A security audit provides assurance that the company is taking proactive measures to protect sensitive information, and that it has a robust security infrastructure in place.

Overall, a security audit is an essential part of any comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. It helps companies to identify vulnerabilities and weaknesses in their security infrastructure, and provides recommendations for improving security controls and policies. This helps to ensure the protection of sensitive information, maintain compliance with regulations and standards, and build trust with customers, partners, and stakeholders.

Identify the scope: The first step is to determine the scope of the audit, which includes identifying the systems, applications, and data that will be audited.

Develop an audit plan: The audit plan should include the objectives of the audit, the methodology that will be used, and the criteria against which the systems and processes will be evaluated.

Gather information: The next step is to gather information about the systems, applications, and data that will be audited. This can include reviewing documentation, interviewing key stakeholders, and conducting vulnerability scans.

Assess security controls: The security controls that are in place to protect the systems, applications, and data should be evaluated against the established criteria. This can include reviewing access controls, performing penetration testing, and evaluating data protection measures.

Analyze findings: The findings of the audit should be analyzed to determine the effectiveness of the security controls and to identify any weaknesses or vulnerabilities that need to be addressed.

Provide recommendations: Based on the findings of the audit, recommendations should be provided to address any weaknesses or vulnerabilities that were identified. These recommendations should be prioritized based on the level of risk and the resources required to implement them.

Follow up: It's important to follow up on the recommendations that were provided to ensure that they are implemented effectively and that the security posture of the organization is improved.

Performing a security audit requires expertise in cybersecurity and auditing methodologies. It's recommended that organizations engage the services of a qualified security professional or auditing firm to perform a security audit.

The frequency of security audits depends on various factors such as the size of the organization, the complexity of the security infrastructure, the nature of the business, and the regulatory requirements. Generally, security audits should be conducted at least once a year. However, organizations in highly regulated industries such as healthcare or finance may need to conduct audits more frequently. Additionally, organizations should also perform audits whenever there are significant changes to their security infrastructure or after a security breach.

Business cases of projects we completed

Audit of smart contracts and blockchain
Business Automation
Information security incident response and investigation
Managed security and compliance (ISO 27001, etc.)
Security analysis of software source code
Security assessment: audits and penetration tests
Security Operations Center cases