Every business and organization needs to be aware of the importance of compliance and their technology. It is important to recognize that any organization collecting data needs to follow security standards. Compliance involves following and meeting legal and regulatory requirements and mitigating risks involved with security breaches and loss of data. This is especially crucial when dealing with the risks of cyber security. IT compliance differs from IT security in that it follows regulatory standards and is essential for all businesses and organizations.

An IT security partner or MSP helps manage data protection and the technology infrastructure needed to keep businesses compliant and avoid penalties. ANY business or organization using technology and handling customer data must be compliant. An IT partner will help the organization focus on monitoring cyber security and keeping user data safe. It will ensure that clients meet the necessary regulations and/or insurance regulations or policies. Insurance and cyber security requirements are the driving force behind compliance today.

Here are some of the items on a compliance checklist: (see proofpoint.com)

  • Access and Identity Control
  • Control over Data sharing
  • Incident Response
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Data Loss Prevention
  • Protection against Malware
  • Corporate Security Policies
  • Monitoring and Reporting

Some of the most common types of compliance standards are HIPAA, PCI-DSS (payment cards), SOC 2, SOX(Sarbanes Oxley – overseeing how organizations handle electronic records, data protection, internal reporting and executive accountability) and GDPR for handling European Union standards.

Avoid violating COMPLIANCE STANDARDS by having your MSP ensure that you have the proper requirements in place.

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