Regulatory Compliance and Testing
Testing and identifying gaps to ensure your organization’s compliance.
At this point, most organizations have some form of regulation and information security or cybersecurity policies in place, but do yours include the specific requirements for you industry? When was the last time your institution performed and a thorough IT risk assessment (one that meets all of your industry’s standards)? Have proper remediation tasks been completed for any deficiencies that have been identified? If you cannot answer “Yes” with 100% confidence to all these questions, it is time to take action, before your organization faces substantial negative impacts.
The United States Department of Education (DOE) and other governmental entities have sent friendly notices reminding organizations of their compliance requirements. Cybersecurity should be near the top of every organization’s priority list, and given that the DOE and other entities have provided warnings to date, we should assume they plan to take a stricter stance on cybersecurity infrastructure, protection, and controls during compliance audits.
Many organizations quickly punt the topic of cybersecurity and regulatory compliance to the IT department. With the ongoing focus on your organization’s bottom lines, it might be tempting to defer projects related to compliance and cybersecurity to reduce budgets. However, doing so could put your company in a position where the government finds your organization in noncompliance. Cutting corners on regulatory compliance could wind up costing you much more in the long run.
Today, most organizations are required to follow some type of regulation. Almost all of us need to comply with PCI-DSS, but often that is combined with other regulations such as HIPAA. Even if you are not required by law to comply with any regulations, you may be following an internal risk framework, internal policies & procedures, or an industry best practices framework such as NIST or ISO. Managing compliance for one regulation or framework is time consuming. Having multiple regulations sometimes means you have to create an entire and expensive compliance department. Dean Dorton Technology’s team can augment your current team or provide you with an affordable and simple compliance management tool.
Most organizations track compliance using spreadsheets, word processors or self-maintained software such as Sharepoint. This is inefficient, error prone, costly, and a risk in itself. Dean Dorton Technology has the tools and expertise to effectively reduce the time you need to satisfy all of the requirements necessary to meet compliance goals, leading to significantly less time and money spent dealing with compliance and audits.