In the quest for continuous compliance there are many stages to consider. It’s not necessarily a linear journey and there are twists, turns and challenges along the way.
Your organisation sees the value of IT compliance. You have the processes in place to achieve it, your staff understands its importance and you’re using a range of technologies and tools to accomplish it… and here comes the ‘but’… But you think there’s a better, more efficient way of doing things; a way of reaping more benefits for your business.
Yes being compliant already brings your organisation a number of advantages; it helps make your business more secure, improves your risk posture and positions you as a trusted supplier, partner, and employer.
But you want more. Take GDPR, for example. The thing about GDPR is that whether you use PII or not, you’re still in scope; either proving you’ve got the processes in place to deal with it, or proving that you don’t use it. And you’ve no doubt been caught up in the frenetic race towards reaching the compliance deadline, taken note of the potential fines and the scaremongering tactics, and are well on track (or there already) for 25 May. In your GDPR compliance quest, you no doubt realised that there is a lot of overlap in certain areas with other frameworks; such as ISO27001.
Which then begs the question: is there a way to integrate other security and compliance tools with what you’re doing now? Is there a way to customise your compliance requirements to make sure your business remains compliant?
This blog isn’t about GDPR, but the one thing that the work around this framework has highlighted for some businesses is that there is definite value in not only achieving compliance, but in maintaining it, too. And using the raft of compliance tools at your disposal to do it.
Compliance, particularly IT compliance is a way for IT to step up and contribute towards business success, and position your organisation to capitalise on opportunities from a secure and stable environment.
Success also comes from integrating compliance best practice into your everyday activities, whether that is having one or many people responsible for it, and having IT deliver it.
And what’s the next step? Having those skills and the expertise to remain compliant, identify issues as you go, and have the support to fix them along the way and not just in time for your annual audit.
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