IT Compliance Automation for Continuous Compliance

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IT Compliance Automation for Continuous Compliance

Compared to the less connected past, organizations today face a tough time in handling and managing
business activities. Though advancements in technology have helped to make business processes faster,
smoother and easier, it has increased security risks at astonishing levels. This has forced governments to
enact various regulations and the companies to comply with these regulations and policies. Let' look at
some of these regulations and how companies can achieve continuous compliance easily and
effortlessly.

HIPAA
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted to protect the health
insurance coverage of employees when they lose or change their jobs. With the growing number of
incidents of fraud and abuse within the healthcare system, this act stressed the importance of protecting
the integrity and confidentiality of personal health information of employees and workers.

FISMA
The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) was enacted to protect government
information, operations and assets against all kinds of threats. This law emphasized that attaining
information security translates into economic and national security.

PCI DSS
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) was enacted to prevent the misuse of
credit card data. All organizations that store, process and transmit credit card information must comply
with the comprehensive set of requirements provided in this act.

SOX
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) requires all public company boards, management and public accounting
firms to comply with its set of standards to make them accountable for their actions. In the wake of major
corporate and accounting scandals, federal government decided to come out strong against low
standards and false profits and thereby protect investors' money and improve their confidence.

GLBA
The Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA) requires all financial institutions to design, implement and maintain
effective measures to protect the personal financial information of their customers. This act applies not
only to those financial institutions that collect information from their customers but also to those
institutions that collect details from other financial institutions.

ISO 27001

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 27001 is an Information Security Management
System (ISMS) standard detailing requirements for the establishment, implementation, monitoring and
review, maintenance and improvement of a management system for managing an organization's
information security risks.

These are just a couple of regulations that companies need to comply with. Like these, each country has
their own set of rules and regulations that all companies that intend to expand their business activities in
other countries must adhere to. Hence, companies must invest in IT compliance automation solution that
can guarantee security through continuous compliance with various regulations and acts.

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