This differs from vendor risk continuous monitoring which focuses on ongoing monitoring of third parties and suppliers.
For most modern organizations, the IT ecosystem is anything but static. Today’s IT environments are always growing and changing, constantly increasing in complexity and capability. Unfortunately, as advancing IT systems continue to push the frontier in terms of business functionality, they are also pushing back against IT departments’ capacity to mitigate evolving security threats. With new promises comes new risk, as well as new regulatory measures with which IT organizations must remain compliant. For many businesses, continuous monitoring is the solution.
As one of the essential parts of a risk management framework (RMF), internal continuous monitoring empowers organizations by allowing them to constantly review their IT security posture. Internal continuous monitoring helps determine whether the required, deployed, and planned security controls continue to be effective when faced with inevitable changes to company information systems. When correctly applied, this approach is effective for securing new—as well as inherited—security controls and assessing the potential impact of planned and unplanned changes to the IT hardware, software, and environment.