Don’t get sucked into the security and compliance whirlpool

December 13, 20174 Minute Read

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Is it just me, or are rising security and compliance requirements spinning out of control? The rigidity of these regulations is forcing businesses to spend a lot of time and effort tracking regulatory changes to ensure compliance and bolster security. It’s not easy, and it’s not fun—but we all need to unravel the compliance red tape and keep cyberthreats at bay while keeping the business running as usual. The first step in doing so is figuring out what you’re dealing with—then finding the solution that best fits your environment.

Forget about sides—security and compliance aren’t even on the same coin. Security protects information from threats, while compliance affirms to regulatory agencies that you’re conforming to their best practices. If anything, compliance is security for your IT team. The nimbleness and speed of cyber attacks compared to the pace of change in the regulation arena points out another stark difference between the two.

The challenge, should you choose to accept it (and, really, you don’t have much of a choice), is to stay ahead of cyber attacks without stepping out of bounds of compliance regulations. Solutions tailored to security and compliance individually are the key here—not to mention boosting your endpoint security solutions with devices that can secure themselves.

Try to keep up—hackers are getting fierce

In its 2016 Annual Report to Congress, the US Office of Management and Budget stated that cybersecurity continued to become a household term among the American public, as millions of people had their personal data and devices exposed to expanding cyberthreats. Federal agencies weren’t immune either, counting 30,899 cyber incidents that led to the compromise of information or system functionality. Sixteen events met the threshold for a major incident, a designation that triggers mandatory steps, including a report to Congress.

In 2017, the IT world was rattled by security incidents of unprecedented scope, the most notorious being Equifax. But other breaches, caused by such trouble mongers as Shadow Brokers, WannaCry, and Cloudbleed, have dealt serious blows to business operations across the globe. When it comes to cybersecurity today, solutions must be relentless, comprehensive, and on the job 24/7.

Regulatory red tape is tightening up

Regulatory requirements continue to multiply. An article in The Economist predicted in 2012 that the multitude of compliance, risk, and regulatory requirements for financial institutions would continue to increase on several fronts, leading to additional cost and complexity.

Thomson Reuters confirmed that prediction in 2016. The company surveyed compliance professionals and learned that they “continue to express regulatory fatigue and overload, with no perceived let-up in the volume of regulatory change.” More than one-third of the firms surveyed said they spend at least an entire day each week keeping track of steadily rising regulatory change.

Imagine you’re the IT manager of a hospital print shop. Every day, you face risks to patient privacy, profitability, and institutional security. At the same time, you’re required to generate a bevy of reports proving compliance with such regulations as HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. It’s not a job for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.

Take a deep breath and relax. Technological innovations aimed at solving your problems have come onto the market.

Turn to smart, secure solutions

Take modern printers, for example. Non-PC-connected devices require the same level of care, attention, and protection as other devices on the network. Printers, which fall under the endpoint device umbrella, often don’t command much attention from security personnel—leaving them open and vulnerable. You’ll want to avoid getting caught in a tight spot like this when it comes to managing endpoint security risks.

A suite of print solution modules offers print authentication, auditing, authorization, accounting, and secure pull printing capabilities that are scalable across the organization. Choose the modules you need and integrate them into your fleet, even if you’re running an assortment of brands. The solutions aren’t restricted by industry, either. When you embrace modular technology like this, security and compliance each receive a full share of attention.

Want to minimize the risk of intrusions, expensive fines, time-consuming audits, lawsuits, and damage to your brand? Employ devices that work for you in security and compliance—not against you.

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