Compliance standards and guidelines continue to gain traction and are being implemented in many industries, as well as across local and national government agencies. While some standards are optional, the majority are required and most levy hefty fines for non-compliance.
Popular opinion is that only companies within regulated industries need to worry about cybersecurity, believing that data protection is only a requirement for regulatory compliance. But any organization that receives, stores, or handles consumer or sensitive business data, needs to protect that information – it’s always at risk. Hackers never stop looking for the weakest link into a network, and employees can pose threats through negligence or bad intention. Every organization needs data protection.
That’s why it’s essential to perform regular audits (or technical reviews) of your own IT security and privacy programs, systems, and software to be sure they are actually providing the protection you think they are. And, if you are doing all the right things, and doing them correctly, there’s still no guarantee against a data breach. That’s why it’s essential that you maintain ongoing documentation of your own compliance efforts to protect yourself by showing “due care” and side-stepping accusations of negligence.
Compliance Manager GRC reduces IT risk by ensuring compliance with government or industry standards, as well as with custom IT requirements included in any business contract, insurance policy, or your own IT security policies and procedures. It automates data gathering, issue management and all the documentation required to prove Due Care to any internal or external auditor.
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