Over the last decade there has been a rapid increase in regulatory compliance mandates focused on the protection of data. From the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), to New York’s Cybersecurity Requirements for financial organizations, the purpose of each standard and the requirements enforced vary for each regulation and industry. Most recently, 2018 saw the General Data Protection Act (GDPR) come into force, with the potential to impact organizations across the world, regardless of geographies and industry sector.
The increased focus on data protection has had a huge impact on the way organizations operate for the following reasons:
Personnel: There has been a dramatic increase in information assurance and security functions as evidenced by the stark rise of information security offices, privacy officers and compliance officers. Their sole role is to ensure their organization meet the requirements of the standards relevant to their business.
C-Level involvement: Non-compliance can result in significant financial potentials and data breaches can cause reputational damage. Because of this, compliance is fast becoming a boardroom discussion in many organizations, with CEOs taking an active interest in strategies that have been adopted.
Organizational challenges: Compliance often requires the deployment of complex information technology in order to secure the data of customers, employees and other individuals. This has changed the way in which information technology systems and networks must operate, which continues to cause challenges, disruption and inconvenience for IT professionals in their daily business operations.
From Reactive to Proactive
The majority of data security solutions available today were developed as a reaction to the emergence of regulations focused on data protection, with the sole objective to ensure compliance. The way in which most solutions achieve this is by focusing on the infrastructure on which such data resides. Whilst this may help ensure compliance with one regulation, it can result in having to ‘reinvent the wheel’ each time a new standard or regulation is released.
Our solutions were developed with a wider goal: to ensure that organizations can deploy a first-class security posture with a focus on protecting the data itself as opposed to its underlying infrastructure. This allows for a uniform method of ensuring compliance can be achieved in line with specific data requirements for multiple regulations:
Certes has been working with customers to meet certain data assurance requirements for over 15 years, primarily in high assurance industries including Government entities, financial institutions, Utility companies and defense contractors. We have a number of solutions that can help you get the ‘tick in the box’ from a data security compliance perspective and help you do so in an easy and in a cost-effective manner without disrupting your business.
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