July 30th Post ImageRegulatory compliance is a critical part of your business operations, regardless of your industry, but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. When it comes to any regulatory framework, compliance can mean the difference between running your operation, shutting down, or even opening yourself up to legal action.

Not all network security compliance providers are equal, and it’s crucial you choose a firm that will seek out all your security vulnerabilities and areas of non-compliance and get things straight. Avoid potential risks of data loss and the threat of heavy fines.

How to Maintain Network Security and Compliance

A number of information security tools and techniques are, at the very least, helpful for your organization, and are often required based on regulations for certain industries.

Below are some of the steps that Strategic Network Consulting takes when determining how your organization fits into a regulatory structure.

  1. We create an inventory of all systems that store, receive or handle critical data.
  2. We identify areas within your system where confidential information, like protected health information, is not as protected as it should be. This is critical for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, but similar concerns can be levied with many other regulatory policies.
  3. We list all your current security strategies. This can include software solutions, your hardware, and even physical security.
  4. Next, we assemble a list of problem areas where your organization is at risk of non-compliance.
  5. With all of this in mind, we develop a strategic plan to tackle each area of vulnerability. With a prioritized list, we not only ensure you become compliant in short order, but your systems and workflows may become streamlined in the process—a significant side benefit.
  6. After addressing all concerns, we develop a suite of preventive measures to keep your compliance in check. Legal and regulatory frameworks are always evolving, and it’s critical to be able to adjust when necessary.

A Form of Active Disaster Recovery

Active disaster recovery, or proactive security, is an approach to business continuity that starts long before a disaster strikes. Every common industry regulatory policy, from HIPAA to Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS), requires that organizations and institutions take preemptive and redundant steps to ensure privacy, data security, and reliability.

An IT firm like Strategic Network Consulting that specializes in network security and compliance has the expertise to determine if your systems are meeting industry requirements. When fixes or remediation are necessary, it’s important to rely on the experts.

Compliance requirements can be a blessing in disguise. While they can present a challenge for your organization, keeping up with regulations not only protects you from legal risk, but helps optimize your organization for efficiency so you can accomplish business or organizational goals. Whether you’re looking for a security audit or a complete overhaul of your systems and need to stay compliant, consider Strategic Network Consulting. We will walk you through the entire process.