Understanding SAMA Compliance

To improve protection against cyber threats, the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) introduced the SAMA cybersecurity framework in 2017. The framework was developed based on industry best practices and standards worldwide, such as PCI DSS, NIST, ISO 27001, etc. SAMA mandated all the member organizations to comply with it to ensure resilience against cybersecurity threats.

SAMA Compliance

SAMA Cyber Security Framework (CSF)

  • SAMA CSF Gap Assessment
    Assess your current infrastructure to identify all the SAMA cybersecurity framework gaps.

  • SAMA CSF Policies & Measures
    Based on the assessment results, we will create the policies, protocols, and measures to be followed.

  • Technology Rollout
    Remediate technology gaps by implementing the right tools essential for continuous compliance with the SAMA cybersecurity framework

  • SAMA CSF Risk Assessment
    Conduct risk assessment across the IT infrastructure based on SAMA’s risk management guidelines.

  • Periodic Testings
    Perform periodic assessments and testings across your IT posture.

  • SAMA CSF Progress Analysis
    Conduct the SAMA CSF progress analysis to review and understand the strength of your cybersecurity.

  • SAMA CSF Risk Treatment
    Come up with a treatment plan to remediate gaps and risks identified during assessments.

  • Security Awareness
    Reduce compliance gaps and risks due to human error by educating them with security awareness

  • SAMA CSF Compliance Audits
    Audit experts will perform audits of your setup after set intervals to identify any deviations from the set SAMA CSF policies.

SharkStriker Approach

We have provided SAMA compliance assistance to several businesses through our ORCA approach (observe, response, compliance, and awareness). Our MDR Ultimate solution covers all the offerings to strengthen your security posture by delivering a 360-degree view through constant monitoring, evaluation, and response. Here’s how we can help you become a SAMA-compliant entity.

Phase 1 – Assessment

Our approach starts with assessing your existing business infrastructure to determine how compliant it is with SAMA regulations.

Identify Assets
  • Identify systems where critical information is stored
  • Understand compliance requirements
  • Identify critical services
Controls Identification
  • Determine controls that can help bridge identified gaps
  • Strategize and build a risk treatment plan
Gap & Risk Assessment
  • Conducting vulnerability and risk assessments
  • Identify compliance gaps in the current information systems
Compliance Reports
  • Audit the current posture and develop a compliance report

Phase 2 – Rollout & Implementation

After the assessment, we start implementing the right tools and solutions to roll out the risk treatment plan.

Rollout _ Implementation
Security Measures
  • Implement security measures, policies, and procedures based on the risk treatment plan
Technology Controls
  • Implement the exemplary architecture that fosters aligning with the risk treatment plan
  • Technology and tools configuration
  • Run training and awareness programs to educate your employees
  • Mitigate human errors and make your cybersecurity resilient
Management Controls
  • Procedural, managerial, and operational controls to mitigate risks
  • Enhance physical security
  • Use IAMs to assign roles to different users and prevent unauthorized access

Phase 3 – Security Services

The security services phase focuses on supplementing your existing infrastructure for enhancing security strength and resilience. SharkStriker’s comprehensive range of services provides you with a complete security solution.

Periodic Security Testing
  • Vulnerability Assessments
  • Penetration Testing
  • Security configuration reviews
Managed Network Security
  • Firewall Installation & Management
  • Firewall Configuration Assessment
  • Network Security Monitoring
Threat Detection and Response
  • Managed SIEM Solution
  • 24/7 Security Monitoring
  • Incident Response
Cloud & Endpoint Security
  • AI based EDR Solution
  • Cloud Security Assessment
  • Cloud & Endpoint Security Monitoring

Phase 4 – Compliance Review

In the last phase, we review and audit the implementation of the SAMA compliance framework. We conduct periodic audits and reviews to strengthen your ISMS.

Compliance Review
ISMS Review
  • Review the performance of your ISMS to find and mitigate any deviations
  • Continuous improvement of ISMS
Mock Audits
  • Conduct mock audits to identify weak and exploitable areas of the ISMS
SAMA CSF Internal Audits
  • Periodic audits of ISMS and the risk treatment plan to ensure that the plan is still relevant
  • Assess if your business is following the defined metrics and procedures
External Audit Support
  • Assistance with external audits to ensure that your ISMS meets SAMA compliance standards and get the certification

Why SharkStriker?

Compliance Specialists

SharkStriker’s compliance experts, having profound industry-specific knowledge, keep up with the constantly changing SAMA cybersecurity framework and regulations to ensure that your business consistently meets the latest regulations.

End-to-End Compliance

Our compliance services cover all the globally reputed regulations, including SAMA, GDPR, PCI DSS, ISO 27001, NESA, etc. We can also help determine what cybersecurity regulations you need to comply with.

Comprehensive Range of Services

SharkStriker is a one-stop solution for all your cybersecurity requirements. Besides compliance services, we also offer assessment, logging, hunting, detection, response, etc., services that too through a single solution offering.

24×7 Monitoring

Our experts will monitor your cybersecurity infrastructure round the clock to ensure no compliance gaps. It also helps in continuous improvement, essential in today’s evolving cybersecurity landscape.

Ensure Your Business Meets SAMA Compliance Regulations