Compliance does not equal security. It is merely a snapshot of how your security posture meets a specific set of security requirements at a given moment in time.
Proper cyber security protects your information from threats by controlling how that information is used, consumed and provided. In comparison, compliance is a reporting function of how your security program meets specific security standards as laid out by regulatory organisations such as PCI, HIPAA or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
The Biggest IT Compliance Challenges
Keeping the organisation in compliance with industry and federal rules can be difficult. Here are some of the biggest challenges to keeping compliant?
Employees play a key role in protecting a company’s sensitive data. It is important to educate all employees on different ways information can be acquired through very low-tech methods and provide them with tools they can use, like protecting corporate data displayed on a laptop with a privacy filter while traveling or how to recognise phishing attacks, to help mitigate any risk.
As employees have become more mobile so have the tools they use. Laptops are now the norm within most organisations and they offer mobile users the capability to access sensitive corporate resources whilst away from the office. Measures – such as encrypting data, reducing access to sensitive information or being able to remotely wipe hard drives can all help mitigate infiltration.
CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDERS
Whilst cloud services present significant benefits in terms of cost savings, scalability, flexibility, etc. ensure that your customer’s data is properly protected and in compliance with all relevant regulations.
Mobile devices also pose serious security and compliance risks. Data isn’t subject to a lower standard of protection just because it ends up on a mobile device.
THIRD PARTY APPS (aka SHADOW IT)
The biggest compliance-related issue facing CIOs today is shadow IT, a threat caused by the use of unseen third-party solutions including devices.
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