Five Ways to Accelerate Your Path to Compliance

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Tactic #4: Codify controls where possible

If you can prove to auditors that you have automated controls in place, they don’t have to keep seeking examples to prove that manual processes are working. Make sure you can generate comprehensive reports for best practices and regulatory compliance mandates, and show them examples of both prevention and the positive outcome of intended access controls.

Compliance demands are everywhere. In the past, only banks, publicly traded companies, and those in the health care industry needed to worry about compliance. Today, virtually every organization must deal with regulatory pressure in one form or another. Whether it’s government-mandated compliance such as SOX or HIPAA, industry-enforced regulations such as PCI DSS, or self-imposed controls such as ISO 27002, the alphabet soup of applicable regulations is growing, and the burden to satisfy these demands is becoming more and more challenging.

The logical reaction is to seek a line-by-line assessment of compliance (or non-compliance), often involving an auditor digging for a violation. If a violation is found, the organization is left scrambling to find a way to remediate the violation. Compliance doesn’t have to be complex or reactive. Dell Software’s Tim Sedlack and Todd Peterson suggest five simple tactics that – if followed – can dramatically improve an organization’s chances of passing its next compliance audit.

 

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