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The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard About Compliance

Alix Postan

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Ask anyone in the industry, and they’ll tell you they’ve heard some really bad advice when it comes to compliance.

But the absolute worst advice we’ve heard, is that “Once an auditor declares that you have met with compliance standards, there’s nothing more to do”. Unfortunately, cybersecurity is an ever-changing industry, and with that comes new, daily threats. It’s important to make sure that your company’s systems are staying current with these standards as they change. An auditor can only declare compliance at one point in time (like a snapshot), but these standards are continuously evolving – potentially rendering policies/procedures insufficient after that snapshot.                                

The Quick Fix – Compliance Management

Compliance management is simply, regular management of your company’s policies and procedures to ensure that these standards are being met. If a company is short staffed, or is overwhelmed by monitoring each standard and their ongoing changes, Compliance Management Software is the best solution. The software will be able to generate reports on these changes, highlighting most recent updates and changes. The software will also measure to what degree your company is compliant, so that you are able to make changes before being fined for non-compliance.

Uzado’s Compliance Management Software will not only show the gaps between current policies and required standards, but also provides your company with solutions to minimize these gaps.

At the end of the day, these standards are not put in place to punish companies, but rather to protect their assets and their information. The most successful companies ensure compliance to these standards, in order to protect themselves and their stakeholders.

For more information on compliance and compliance management software, download our free white paper.Why Compliance Does NOT Equal Security

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Topics: Compliance Management, Operations & Compliance Management Software, Compliance

The Five Benefits of Operations & Compliance Management Software (OCM)

David Millier

iStock_000034567894_Small.jpgMost CEOs and It staff know how important it is to keep your operations compliant with new legislation and rules as they come into effect. You probably know how challenging it can be to both meet compliance standards and to stay on top of new rules that affect your business. Luckily, there’s operations and compliance management (OCM) software to help you out—but OCM software can do more for your business than you know. Here are five benefits of OCM software you may not have realized.

1.        Stay Up to Date

Obviously, OCM software helps your business stay on top of the management of your operations and compliance. OCM software can also help you save time and money in the arena of tracking new rules, standards, and legislation, while implementing necessary changes. It used to take someone reading up on all new regulations and determining if the organization was affected, and then determining if any changes needed to be implemented. By using operations and compliance management software, companies can track both internal and external changes, and flag operations and processes that may not be compliant with new standards. That means there’s always a watchful eye on the situation, leaving you free to focus on the big things, like how to make the appropriate changes when necessary.

2.        Risk Management

Another benefit of operations and compliance software for businesses is that it allows risk assessment and management to be optimized. Since the software is tracking changes, it can help flag potential issues early on—before they become real problems. It can also help organizations determine what the risks are in remaining non-compliant or failing to make changes in operations or processes. For example, it can help identify penalties or fines for non-compliance, or look at the risk of a security breach. With better knowledge of their risks, organizations can make informed decisions about when and how things need to change.

3.        Improve Business Process

Operations and compliance management software isn’t just focused on the negative impact, like what would happen if an organization is determined non-compliant with new regulations, or how much risk is entailed by revising a process. OCM can also help businesses refine and improve their business processes. While this works in tandem with risk assessment, the data mined from running hypothetical changes to processes can help businesses determine what the best changes to implement are—and how those changes affect things like their productivity and profits. You might find not only a way to comply with new regulations, but also a more efficient way of doing what you do!

4.        Reduce Costs

Another major benefit of using operations and compliance management software is that it can save you time and money—something all businesses, no matter their size, are looking for. By automating tracking of changes to legislation and new regulations and flagging potential issues, OCM allows you to do what once had to be done by hand in a faster, easier way. It also reduces the potential for human error that could lead to fines, legal nightmares, or unnecessary and costly changes to business operations. By aiding in risk assessment, OCM software can help point you to the most cost-effective solutions for your business, in terms of both operations and compliance.

5.        Integration and Resilience

Operations and compliance management software isn’t just for IT—you can use it to monitor best practices and processes in all sectors of your business. By integrating data, you can get a better picture of the overall health of your business—and what you can be doing to improve efficiency and decrease risk as part of a centralized solution, rather than a piecemeal patchwork. In turn, this can help your business better weather any storm.

To learn more about complaince, please download our free whitepaper.Why Compliance Does NOT Equal Security

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Topics: Compliance Management, Operations & Compliance Management Software, Compliance

The Many Benefits of Operations & Compliance Management Software (OCM)

David Millier

The_Many_Benefits_of_Operations__Compliance_Management_Software_OCM-1.jpgWhether you’re the CEO or part of the IT team, you know how important it is to keep your operations compliant with new legislation and rules as they come into effect. You also know how challenging it can be to both meet compliance standards and to stay on top of new rules that affect your business. Luckily, there’s operations and compliance management (OCM) software to help you out—but OCM software can do more for your business than you know.

Stay Up to Date

Obviously, OCM software helps your business stay on top of the management of your operations and compliance. But using software can help you save time and money, especially in the arena of tracking new rules, standards, and legislation, and implementing necessary changes. While it used to take someone reading up on all new regulations and determining if the organization was affected, and then determining if any changes needed to be implemented, operations and compliance management software can track both internal and external changes, and flag operations and processes that may not be compliant with new standards. That means there’s always a watchful eye on the situation, leaving you free to focus on the big things, like how to make the appropriate changes when necessary.

Risk Management

Another bonus of operations and compliance software for businesses is that it allows risk assessment and management to be optimized. Since the software is tracking changes, it can help flag potential issues early on—before they become real problems. It can also help organizations determine what the risks are in remaining non-compliant or failing to make changes in operations or processes; for example, it can help identify penalties or fines for non-compliance, or look at the risk of a security breach. With better knowledge of their risks, organizations can make informed decisions about when and how things need to change.

Improve Business Process

Operations and compliance management software isn’t just focused on the negative, like what would happen if an organization is determined non-compliant with new regulations, or how much risk is entailed by revising a process in a particular way. OCM can also help businesses refine and improve their business processes. While this works in tandem with risk assessment, the data mined from running hypothetical changes to processes can help businesses determine what the best changes to implement are—and how those changes affect things like their productivity and profits. You might find not only a way to comply with new regulations, but also a more efficient way of doing what you do!

Reduce Costs

Another major advantage of using operations and compliance management software is that, like a lot of tech solutions, it can save you time and money—something all businesses, no matter their size, look for. By automating tracking of changes to legislation and new regulations and flagging potential issues, OCM allows you to do what once had to be done by hand in a faster, easier way. It also reduces the potential for human error that could lead to fines, legal nightmares, or unnecessary and costly changes to business operations. By aiding in risk assessment, OCM software can help point you to the most cost-effective solutions for your business, in terms of both operations and compliance.

Integration and Resilience

Operations and compliance management software isn’t just for IT, of course—you can use it to monitor practices and processes in all divisions of your business. By integrating data, you can get a better picture of the overall health of your business—and what you can be doing to improve efficiency and decrease risk as part of a centralized solution, rather than a piecemeal patchwork. In turn, this can help your business better weather any storm.

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Topics: Operations & Compliance Management Software