Today’s globalized business environment is technology driven and information about the company and its dealings are made accessible to a number of recipients across the globe. This paves way for security concerns of the related data of the company, and all their dealings-a crucial issue. Companies need a deeper understanding of Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) especially of IT security compliance. The system demands that the organization assess the risks associated with data and puts in the required IT security compliances in place. Periodic testing and evaluations help to maintain control over the data protections system as well as reduces risks in misuse of information.
The IT security compliance landscape has become quite complex today. There are many governments and industry regulations and standards that mandate the protection of various types of information. For example, in the US, there are industry specific privacy regulations, such as HIPAA in healthcare and GLBA ii in financial services. Companies operating in Europe also have to abide by the European Union’s Data Protection Directive. Many privacy regulations are also now emerging in other countries such as India and China. Federal government agencies in the US have to safeguard government information systems under FISMA , globally credit card data must be protected as per the PCI DSS. These regulations keep getting updated and enterprises need to keep track and abide with them.
With the introduction of new technologies, the cloud has become a secure space.
Every client gets an exclusive instance of the application running on the cloud while ensuring complete security of data. By providing a single and centralized repository for all compliance related data, the facility to access data from anywhere has been further strengthened. The Governance, Risk, and Compliance software supports email notifications and has an in-built questionnaire easily customizable. Also in-built are compliance signatures, email reminders, defined workflow, roles and responsibilities with an in-depth tracking of audits related to the workflow, and dashboard and customized graphs. You can also compare user access for appropriateness, and a continuously monitor password and domain settings.
The requirement for a software platform with a unified compliance framework helps in standardized reporting methodology and ensuring IT Security compliance status. This framework-based approach will not only cut customization cost, but also ease the compliance burden and implementation for different information systems. This framework would give the decision makers more clarity and make the information system owners more accountable.
A distinct advantage of this system is a centralized dashboard view of the compliance status passing through different departments, across agencies and geographical boundaries. This makes generation of compliance reports for any regulatory or standard based audits much faster.
An effective IT security compliance system would cover the entire enterprise, more as a business requirement. The managers are made accountable with well-defined role and responsibilities. The automated assessments would include system generated audit reports or monitoring mechanisms for all information assets in use in the organisations from personal computers to servers, mainframes, and network routers including web-based applications.
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