October 26, 2014 •
Have you been told your business needs to comply with certain information privacy and/or security standards, such as PCI, HIPAA, etc.? If so, you may find yourself quickly overwhelmed with all the requirements for bringing people, processes and technology into “compliance.”
Is it really possible to adhere to a compliance standard and at the same time, actively run and grow a business?
It is possible—and I will go so far as to say it is critical—to maintain a strong security posture as you build your business. That’s because all privacy and security related compliance standards share the same goal: To effectively defend and protect sensitive customer information.
Just like sales and marketing or finance and accounting, information technology and data security are core business processes. Businesses that deemphasize the sales function will take in less revenue, and those who deemphasize security and compliance will wager long-term success for short-term gains. In other words, each security gap you ignore today puts you at greater risk of a debilitating data breach tomorrow.
By taking a unified approach to security and compliance, your business can simultaneously strengthen its security posture and simplify the compliance process. Here’s how this works in terms of people, processes and technology:
When security and compliance are unified, they work together to protect customer data and satisfy industry-specific requirements. You have the freedom to run and grow your business, along with the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re a step ahead of the cyber criminal.
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