How to Work Smarter On Governance, Risk and Compliance?

The bourgeoning headlines around us about  sophisticated new security threats and fraud cases has sounded a wakeup call to each of us especially enterprises. Compliance is no longer an option but a necessary critical measure to ensure compliance to the strict regulations requirement. Instead of scrambling aimlessly with your compliance efforts, I will share a few tips on how to streamline and work smarter with your security deployments, processes, business goals and compliance activities congruently.

How much is it costing you?
Stop deceiving yourself and take a cold hard look at the true cost impact that reliance on spreadsheets has on your compliance efforts. If you need eight people together once a month to decipher a slew of spreadsheets for days at a time, how much is that costing your organization? While simple spreadsheets might seem like an easy and cheap way to track compliance activities at first, the reality is that they’ll end up costing more. Given that they don’t scale well and they’re limited in effectiveness. As your business grows and regulatory requirement increases, you are in fact bleeding your precious business resources.

Take a deep breath
Though there is a lot of overlap among the regulatory standards such as SOX, HIPPA, PCI etc. More often than not these regulations are in essence trying to accomplish the same goals. The wise thing to do is to take a deep breath and take a step back to figure out how the requirements translate to security measures. Enterprises that stop to translate often find they already have most of the necessary controls in place – so, they can limit the work needed to prove it and fill in the gaps from that point. Else, they will end up spending more money and resources because they are wasting their efforts with duplicate practices and tasks, chasing new activities every time a new regulation comes out or an old one is updated

Automate , Automate and Automate
Once you’ve translated how your security practices are linked to regulations, you’ll still need to prove it to the auditors. The key to making this process painless is to automate the collection of supporting documentation. Ideally, a single framework should be able to accept technical measurements that flow into it, as well as results from interviews with people to confirm compliant processes in place. There are many tools in the market that help you to automate and consolidate these data into a single depository for easy retrieval.

Too many organizations are wasting money and precious resources constructing “piecemeal” measures to comply with regulatory requirement. Using ineffective tools and approaching compliance effort in a totally reverse manner. All your compliance efforts need to be streamlined into a cohesive program to derive optimal effectiveness. The old adage has a saying “Work Smarter Not Harder”. Have you?