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6 Steps for Ensuring Continuous Compliance in a Complex, Hybrid IT Environment

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    A Healthy Compliance Posture

    Like a binge diet that only results in short-term weight loss, it's not unusual for an enterprise to intensively align its policies to pass a specific audit, and then go back to its normal workflow after the audit. Not only is this a resource-intensive approach, but it fails to improve security and validate the true nature of compliance. A better approach is to maintain continuous compliance with the overall security policy so that enterprise IT remains compliant and is ready any time for an audit.

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6 Steps for Ensuring Continuous Compliance in a Complex, Hybrid IT Environment

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    A Healthy Compliance Posture

    Like a binge diet that only results in short-term weight loss, it's not unusual for an enterprise to intensively align its policies to pass a specific audit, and then go back to its normal workflow after the audit. Not only is this a resource-intensive approach, but it fails to improve security and validate the true nature of compliance. A better approach is to maintain continuous compliance with the overall security policy so that enterprise IT remains compliant and is ready any time for an audit.

CISOs and their network security teams are under increasing pressure to adhere to an expanding "alphabet soup" of regulatory requirements that have a direct impact on the enterprise network. On top of that, every business has its own internal policies and best practice workflows to follow. One way to reduce the compliance enforcement and audit-readiness burden is to work toward the goal of continuous compliance — attaining a state where all compliance requirements are met, and then continuously maintaining that state.

Even with the many challenges of managing today's complex IT environment, it's possible to achieve continuous compliance through proper organization, thorough processes and technology automation. In this slideshow, Ellen Fischl Bodner, Tufin, has identified six steps that are critical to ensuring continuous compliance.