Five Tips on Automating Compliance & Security Assessments
No matter what industry you belong to, you can be certain that some way or another, your business is dependent on digital infrastructure. The world today wholly depends on cyberspace to conduct most business operations and monetary transactions.
While such a digital economy does have multiple advantages, nevertheless, every silver lining comes with a cloud. As data travels through an ever increasing mesh of networks, the task of ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and digital assets is becoming ever more complex.
Protecting business critical data today involves implementing multiple digital as well as physical safeguards that must work in tandem with best security practices to guarantee that the IT infrastructure of your business is in top-notch operating condition.
In order to ensure that your digital assets are following the right security practices, it is essential that they adhere to established compliance standards through periodic security assessments.
However, compliance standards are often complicated and can be hard to follow. Further, many organizations try to implement these standards using entirely manual processes. This can be very time consuming and cumbersome.
However, there is a solution: by automating the entire process with the help of experienced professionals, you can quickly and effectively achieve compliance. The following are five top tips in case you want to automate compliance and security assessments.
Employ Cloud Solutions
Compliance automation can be a complex task unless executed properly; and cloud computing technology can be used to good effect in this case. Cloud based infrastructure can enable centralized control, monitoring, and automated assessment of a distributed IT infrastructure.
Have A Clear Security Policy In Place
Be sure to have a clear security policy in place that can be used to train the automation system. Without a well-defined security policy, it can become difficult to deploy an automated assessment process.
Inform Your Staff
Automation is the boogeyman of the 21st century. With rumors rife that automation is going to take away everyone’s jobs, your employees may feel insecure to find an automated compliance system assessing their IT habits. They may be reluctant to accept such oversight.
Hold a meeting with your employees to inform them about the benefits of automation; bringing everyone on the same page is essential to ensuring that the compliance automation process goes without a hitch.
Implement the Findings
An automated security assessment alone is not enough to guarantee compliance; implementing the findings is even more important. Immediately acting on the results of the assessment is of paramount importance.
Lean on the Experts
We’ve already mentioned this in passing before, but think it prudent to make special mention of this again. It must be remembered that compliance automation can be complex to navigate; in this case make sure to seek the help of professionals to take care of the matter for you.
Keeping the above points in mind while implementing compliance and security assessment automation will certainly go a long way towards ensuring the safety of your digital assets.