Gone are the days when IT departments existed only to repair routine computer problems or answer simple tech questions. As the dependence on technology has continued to grow throughout the past few decades, so too have the expectations dealing with the regulatory compliance audits and issues that surround it. The creation of new technologies has resulted in new responsibilities, and as more and more organizations are faced with the task of adhering to a multitude of regulatory compliance standards, the issue of “how can we improve our efforts?” becomes more and more pertinent.
The fact is that the majority of IT departments are now responsible for adhering to more than one set of compliance requirements, while many face more than four. Finding ways to manage each set of compliance standards efficiently, sufficiently and effectively has become an increasingly difficult endeavor, but fortunately, there are several methods of ideology here.
A common and bare-boned practice is to simply place heavy concentration on the requirement or requirement types that are popular enough to reach across multiple sets of regulatory compliance sets and focus on similarities to increase diligence. This practice allows administrators to satisfy many compliance issues at once without having to repeat the same steps to meet the expectations of various compliance auditors, and it works to a large extent.
Unfortunately, there does remain one major problem within—what happens to the regulatory expectations that do not span across multiple sets of compliance expectations? Do the requirements that apply, for example, only to HIPAA regulations, mean less than those that apply to both HIPAA and SOX? Not to the HIPAA auditor who deems an organization non-compliant because of failure to meet all the necessary expectations.
So how can IT administrators proactively ensure compliance to multiple standards? There are a plethora of compliance solutions on the market that automate the process, allowing CIO and IT managers to worry less about the fees, penalties and stigmas that result from failed regulatory compliance audits, and more about other necessary tasks that keep their organizations safe, profitable and productive. One such product, NetWrix All-in-One Suite, combines an innovative set of solutions that help IT departments automate their adherence to compliance regulations such as SOX, HIPAA, FISMA, GLBA, PCI and others, while simultaneously increasing overall operational efficiency and minimizing dependence on error-prone manual tasks. Solutions like these are favored among auditors, as the daily reports provide precise paper trail to demonstrate all compliance efforts. All-in-One Suite requires very little maintenance and works hard to ensure adherence to a variety of regulatory compliance standards.
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