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May 2009

Ease the compliance burden with automation

Just as a check-box approach to compliance doesn't guarantee security, good security practices aren't necessarily enough to meet regulatory compliance requirements. The point is, you may actually achieve a substantial degree of data security if you see securing access to sensitive information as an exercise in operational security. But, that alone won't pass muster when the auditors come in. Virtually all regulations and contracts, from HIPAA to FFIEC guidelines to the PCI DSS, require documentation, audited requests and approvals, logging, and review of all the operational activities that companies engage in to protect the particular regulated information. Many organizations find this additional dimension troublesome and underestimate the added organizational and process burden that comes with it. Most regulations and regulatory guidance are carefully written to avoid suggesting particular technologies, and none provides any requirement for automation of your compliance activities. However, for all but the smallest ...

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