The Supply Chain Assurance (SCA) is an ISF-led initiative including AICPA, ISACA, CSA, IAOP, and IAPP. SCAF addresses a key challenge: the inability to translate information security requirements and assurances between the world’s 50 standards and 550 regulations without expensive expert advice.
The Supply Chain Assurance allows Acquirers and Suppliers to understand, comply and assure information security arrangements required, based on risk, regulation, functional, geographic and other requirements.
SCA will help Acquirers and Suppliers reduce cost, improve Supplier assurance and increase understanding and management by:
- Providing a risk analysis model that can be used by procurement and legal staff to define information security requirements for predictable and lower risk transactions
- Allowing information risk and control to be built into procurement without expensive expert intervention
- Assisting Acquirers to identify areas of greater risk to define more detailed assurance requirements from a Supplier
- Suggesting appropriate controls to mitigate common information risks within the supply chain
- Allowing Suppliers to identify and cite controls specified in different standards they may use as being equivalent, saving costs and expanding assurance.
SCA is aligned with major international standards such as the ISF Standard of Good Practice for Information Security (the Standard), AICPA Trust Services Principles and ISO/IEC 27036 and will harness the mappings of the Unified Compliance Framework to help identify equivalence and gaps between commonly used standards.
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