IT Governance

How to Address IT Compliance Headaches?

Today’s businesses hold more data than ever before, and with this comes a raft of responsibilities related to how this information is protected, shared, stored, and use. Enterprises are now responsible for managing, governing, and ensuring compliance for the overwhelming amount of data they produce. So, what are the biggest compliance-related issues that organizations face today, and how should they be solved?

In this article at Insights for Professionals, the author helps you identify compliance-related issues and provides essential steps to ensure better data compliance.

Ways to Address IT Compliance Headaches

Robust BYOD Policies

Personal mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, undoubtedly, create security vulnerabilities. “If you aren’t managing these properly, you can’t be sure data is being accessed securely, or if there are any apps that contain malware on a user’s phone. Then there’s the risk that a device containing sensitive data may be lost or stolen,” explains the author. You can mitigate this issue through a robust bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies backed up by technical controls. You can prevent critical data from being lost or stolen by enforcing device lock passwords. Further, replace SMS with time-based one-time password methods.

Software Management

Failing to update software that contains known vulnerabilities is another cause of data breach. Many organizations still don’t update the outdated software despite the risks associated with it. As an IT manager, ensure that your organizations are current with software updates and immediately patch any known vulnerabilities. Create a schedule for patching and upgrading IT solutions.

Do Not Ignore the Internet of Things

With the proliferation of the internet of things (IoT), there is explosive growth in the number of interconnected devices and endpoints. Studies have reported that lag in IoT security standards has created a potentially massive amount of new vulnerabilities in organizations’ networks. To make sure that IoT systems are fully compliant with security regulations, you must schedule annual penetration testing. If there are changes in an IoT architecture, perform this activity frequently.

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