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A Compliance State of Mind

September 5th, 2006

Establishing, testing, measuring, and remediating control deficiencies can also be automated using technology tools. The assessment and management of IT technical controls is eased through tools that establish baseline configurations for all major operating systems and identify exceptions to configuration standards. A growing number of these tools also leverage global networks of Internet activity sensors as well as security personnel to enable proactive response to fast-moving and sophisticated threats.

Lastly, organizations can streamline their efforts to improve their compliance and performance environment through automated tools. Several of these tools provide compliance assessment and reporting abilities that incorporate data from various sources and integrate them in a single interface. This allows organizations to effectively demonstrate their efforts in achieving IT policy compliance. Some of these tools capture and report on user acceptance and waivers to policies, while others automatically alert users about gaps in coverage of key regulations and frameworks.

By using these automated toolsets, organizations can achieve repeated performance gains and successfully meet the multifaceted requirements of regulatory compliance.

Follow Through

Unless users know corporate policies, they cannot be expected to follow them. That is why educating users about how to meet regulatory compliance requirements is critical. Irreparable damage could result if users are not held accountable for their adherence to policies. Automating the development, distribution, and deployment of IT policies across the enterprise through automated toolsets prevents this kind of damage from occurring. These tools provide customizable policy frameworks based on risk management goals and specific business requirements.

Regulatory compliance is an endless process. However, automation combined with several other factors makes this process markedly easier and more cost-effective. By including key personnel in the organization’s policy compliance committee and employing automated and repeatable processes, organizations can meet regulatory requirements while improving operating results and ensuring continuous business improvements.

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