19 Mar 2019

Get Tough on Ensuring Regulatory Compliance

Almost a year on from GDPR, has your organisation made regulatory compliance a top priority? Are you 100% sure that you are adhering to known requirements, or best practices for your industry, and do you have internal policies documenting your processes proving due diligence?

Compliance isn’t difficult to achieve, all you have to do is have controls in place.

Assess your company processes. Understand your own infrastructure and technology and determine whether it can be trusted to deliver what you want, in a safe and secure way.

Now compare that infrastructure and procedures based on how they measure up against external guidelines and known best practices. Do you need to amend those procedures to be compliant? It’s probably easier than you think

Make somebody accountable as this is the easiest way to achieve trust, not only internally but with your external customers.

Organisations need to be able to pinpoint who accessed what systems, who changed what process and when. Unfortunately, many lacks the visibility to detect unauthorised activity.

Automatic controls, though, can do just that, enforcing authorisations and even tracking activity, and your IT manager or outsourced company should be able to implement this if needed.

Do you audit yourself, or use an outside company for auditing purposes?

Audits measure what’s really happening against what’s supposed to be happening, tracking the “who, what, where, when and why” behind system activity. Detailed reporting helps companies prove that all the right things are happening; and that the right controls are in place and working effectively.

For instance, this might include ongoing testing of the IT environment to ensure process standards are being adhered to or applying for a certification such as Cyber Essentials which will mean an outside source will test your systems.

Create consistency in your IT environment, so the act of making changes and configuring IT infrastructure follows set standards that you have documented. When people are involved, there is a risk of individual variance, so take away that prevents clarity.

Control the change that happens within your business, preventing the introduction of variables that can damage the IT infrastructure. It’s a means to manage exactly who can do what, verifying that the right people access the right system at the right time and then quickly detecting any exceptions.

BY putting these core competencies together, you have a solid position for achieving efficient and effective IT infrastructure management and compliance.

If you need advice on whether you have the right equipment to help you become or continue being compliant, call us on 0113 8805 430

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