IT plays a huge role in allowing organizations to get work done and stay competitive in an increasingly virtual business environment. While strategic IT hardware and software can make it much easier to store, access, and share company and client data, professional leaders need to be sure IT solutions are set up in a way that protects sensitive information and upholds industry standards.
This is where compliance comes in. Our team of IT professionals works with organizations every day to help them implement and maintain IT compliance standards. However, many of our clients often have no idea what IT compliance is all about or what it should look like for their organization. We thought we would create a guide of basic information about IT compliance so professionals could better understand why it’s so important and how to get started.
What does it mean to be compliant? When it comes to business IT, compliance is all about following data security rules, guidelines, and standards mandated by industry associations and state or federal governments. These mandates are usually created to regulate the secure storage and transmission of different kinds of virtual data. Data regulated by compliance standards could include personally identifiable information like driver’s license or social security numbers to sensitive financial information like bank account or credit card numbers.
Depending on your industry and the type of data your organization collects, stores, and shares, different compliance regulations and standards will apply to you. For instance, organizations that collect healthcare information on patients are regulated by the Healthcare Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA). In contrast, any organization that processes credit card transactions must follow Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) mandated by the PCI Standards Council. While standards may vary by industry or state, these regulations are serious business, and organizations can face hefty fines and penalties for non-compliance.
Wondering why it seems like such a big deal? IT compliance is important because it provides a dual layer of protection for organizations in an increasingly virtual world. First, it helps organizations protect the clients they work with by ensuring their data is handled in a secure, confidential, and responsible way. Second, it helps organizations protect their own data and business continuity while proactively preventing a data breach liability disaster.
Now that you have an idea of what IT compliance is all about and why it’s so important, you might be panicking, wondering if your current IT infrastructure is compliant with industry or governmental standards that apply to your organization. Don’t stress. If you’re new to compliance, we’ve put together a step-by-step list of instructions to help you start getting compliant.
Here’s a five-step plan for tackling IT compliance head-on:
The best way to put compliance concerns to rest is to face them head-on with a team of seasoned professionals. Our team of data security professionals has extensive experience helping organizations in all industries implement and maintain compliant IT practices. If you need help getting a handle on your organization’s IT compliance, reach out to our team anytime.
Give us a call at (407) 789-3329, or visit our website at www.semtechit.com to chat with a live agent and book an initial IT compliance consultation.