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Alleviate Regulatory Compliance Strains on IT Pros

Post by Peter McCalister June 19, 2012

As regulations continue to evolve and audits become even more comprehensive, many organizations are resource- strained trying to comply with critical government regulations. The reality is these regulations are unforgiving and non-compliance results in penalties, lost business and other indirect costs. A centralized solution to manage compliance provides a more actionable intelligence to available manpower without losing sight of broader IT security protections.

IT departments can waste a significant amount of time trying to manually prepare compliance audits and reports to management. In a recent poll by eEye Security, more than 85 percent of IT pros are impacted by regulatory compliance and industry standards including ISO, PCI, DSS, and HIPAA. The report further shows efficiently managing this takes up to 50 percent of their work week. Put into perspective, that is entirely too much time where efforts could be focused on actually reducing the threat landscape, rather than reporting on it.

To combat the vast economic ramifications of cybercrime, new regulatory mandate such as FISMA and FedRAMP for the cloud, require continuous monitoring and reporting of security processes. This order is a truly critical point to make to organizations in light of a continuously changing threat lanscape. Raising the wall against their malicious counterparts has to happen. This trend is only going to compound as time goes on, however there are ways to manage this without companies having to spend more.

Implementing strategic solutions that simplify this regulatory maze is invaluable to IT pros trying to maintain a tight perimeter around their organizations. Automated processes for compliance management for corporate policies, government regulations, and industry standards, keeps organizations up-to-date with changes to regulatory controls and newly discovered vulnerabilities. IT departments can now navigate through the regulatory landscape with all the information compiled into a dashboard, instead of the time straining task of extracting the raw data manually. Daily compliance can be timely, repeatable, and more importantly actionable when compliance violations arise.

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