You know that compliance isn’t the be-all, end-all of security for your business—and nor should it be. But that doesn’t mean compliance is not important, or that you should let your compliance slide. Here’s why you need to prioritize compliance management.
The Problem with Compliance
One of the big problems with compliance is that many people are lulled into a sense of security once a business has passed and been declared compliant. That’s where problems start to crop up with regard to security—and with regard to compliance as well.
Rather than simply focusing on “becoming compliant” or being declared compliant, businesses should instead focus on managing compliance.
Manage Your Compliance
Managing compliance envisions a “cycle” or process of compliance. While some people will tell you compliance work stops once you’ve got a certificate declaring your business compliance, that’s not true. Rather, compliance work should be ongoing. Much like your work with security and vulnerabilities is never through, so too is compliance work never truly finished.
One of the best steps a firm can take in compliance management is to monitor compliance. While it’s tempting to think that your firm is always compliant once you’ve been declared so, the truth is that legislation and standards can change—and they do change. If you’re not on top of changes in the environment, you might find yourself falling behind—and then you need to play catch-up to become compliant again.
Monitoring your compliance allows you to stay one step ahead of the game. If you’re aware of changes to legislation or standards that are going to affect you, you can implement changes to your processes and workflows so that you remain compliant. That’s much more efficient than allowing your compliance to slip and then playing catch-up with myriad changes.
Since compliance is not security, you should also be using vulnerability management to help your business stay secure. If you do, then compliance will almost naturally follow. Staying on top of your security not only helps your business stay secure; it also helps you remain compliant!
Save Time and Money
As pointed out above, becoming compliant can be an expensive proposition. Being non-compliant can be even more expensive—or may jeopardize the security of your business. Using compliance management can help your business make the work of compliance less daunting. By keeping abreast of changes and making incremental improvements to your operations, you’ll ensure better security and compliance—while also saving yourself time and money. It’s easier to tweak something than it is to overhaul it entirely.
Get a Leg Up
Keeping an eye on compliance can also help you gain an advantage in your competitive business environment. After all, if you’re monitoring your processes and procedures for compliance, you might also find areas you can improve those same workflows. That could save you time or money—which could put you at a competitive advantage.
Get a Helping Hand
If your IT department doesn’t have the time or capacity to do proper compliance management, your firm isn’t alone. But that doesn’t mean you can’t engage in compliance management—you just need a little help. Luckily, compliance management software is just the solution for businesses that want to manage compliance more effectively but don’t have the resources to do so. This software can help you monitor changes in standards and legislation, monitor changes to your processes and procedures in order to enhance compliance, and yes, it can even help you find those places where you can improve your process. With software that makes it a breeze, isn’t it time you prioritized your compliance management?