MOBIZ understands the differences between security and compliance and we can apply these differences to make sure that your security accomplishes both.
Cyber Security and Compliance—Same Goal, Different Measurements
The purpose of industry standards and regulations is to make sure businesses do their part to maintain standard levels of quality and services. Part of these essential services is protecting sensitive information such as identifiable financial and medical records. Cyber security plays a critical part in compliance, particularly since the majority of financial and medical records are electronic. In a perfect world, all businesses would recognize this and prioritize security above all else.
Why Merely Being Compliant Isn’t Enough
Industry standards exist in reaction to the environment. When something emerges that threatens customers or patients, these organizations move to prevent these issues from harming them. Standards are more reactionary than proactive and while their intent is to protect organizations and individuals, they may not cover all threats. This is why being compliant isn’t always congruent to being safe from cyber attacks.
Preparing for Today’s Security Challenges
It is becoming increasingly important to understand how companies share and store equipment. The most effective cyber security strategies require proactive risk assessment. While no system can be 100% safe, the right technology partner is one that can take every measure to secure information assets, detect theft, and establish a framework of security that can expand and grow alongside your organization.
To be fully compliant, a company may have to align with multiple frameworks, and it can be very difficult for organizations in certain industries to make sure everything is covered. This includes procedures, laws, regulations, and managing different types of risk. It is the job of the organization, at the very least, to comply with the barest minimum of these requirements. MOBIZ understands these requirements because we have helped companies just like yours meet them.
To be secure, a company has to have a clear set of systems, tools, and processes to protect the information and technology of an organization. The only “requirement” is meeting the network security needs of the organization.
Requirements vary between industries and while the overall goal is to protect organizations and individuals, the methods can vary widely.
HIPAA requirements generally concentrate on the protection of patients’ personal health information. Its goal is to standardize how healthcare organizations process and share data.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act applies to the maintenance of financial data for public companies. It defines what data should be kept and for how long, but more importantly it requires that upper management has to certify the accuracy of their data.
Payment Card Industry security standards were developed by a group of financial services companies that wanted to standardize how businesses guard consumer financial information. The number of transactions a company completes every year determines the level of compliance they must follow.
Get Started on a Secure Future With MOBIZ
When a client comes to us with cyber security and compliance issues, our assessment approaches the issue from both perspectives. Instead of meeting the minimum requirements set by the various regulatory agencies in a particular industry, our focus is to develop the kind of security environment that eliminates shortcomings in security and creates a lasting environment that is as compliant as it is secure. Safety and compliance form a complex, symbiotic relationship, and it is critical that this relationship is understood. We test and analyze your security to make sure it is always safe and compliant.
If you question your security or your organization’s ability to pass a compliance audit, reach out to MOBIZ today.
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