Interruptions to the natural flow of business within organizations is more than a mere nuisance; often the result of insufficient compliance efforts or policies, these interruptions can pay a heavy toll on an organization’s reputation and financial standing. Network security breaches and costly fines are obvious, tangible negative fallouts of such occurrences. It doesn’t end there, however. Maintaining customers’ and partners’ absolute confidence in the organization’s ability to safeguard their valuable and sensitive information is crucial. In most cases it’s a ‘one-strike policy’; if you fail to prevent such an interruption from occurring, your customers will not grant you a second chance.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. Maintaining compliance can be simple, provided the right technology and sound policies are incorporated. These will produce the desired results during regular audits, eliminating the risk of serious threats to your internal network.
So, when tackling this problem, what practical measures need to be taken? What mindset needs to be adopted?
First and foremost, organizations must see to it that all employees, regardless of rank or tenure, understand how imperative it is to strictly follow compliance rules. Simply instructing them to adhere to the policy set in place will not suffice; a compliance culture needs to be created. The importance of following compliance rules, and how doing so effects the organization’s safety and security, must become completely clear.
Secondly, it is extremely important not to be deterred by the complexity of adapting corporate environments to regulatory policies. This task can appear daunting and is often costly. However, its contribution to the flow and financial stability of the company renders it a worthwhile undertaking.
Finally, ensuring a satisfactory level of compliance is key. A system that monitors your endpoints and networks 24/7, immediately identifies any and all compliance failures, and provides the tools necessary to remediate them, will eliminate the causes for noncompliance.