The cloud has created a level of convenience and scalability that was unprecedented until just a few years ago. However, while cloud adoption has gained popularity over the last few years, security and compliance have historically been lacking in this field.
The daunting task of incorporating a cloud environment into any business is a headache enough, not to mention the complexities a business has to face when complying with regulatory standards. But these standards are put in place to ensure sensitive data stored in the cloud has safeguards implemented to protect clients, employees, and companies from online harm.
Get to Know the Standards
According to TechTarget, here are some common regulations, standards, and legislation that organizations need to be in compliance with:
- Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DISS): PCI DSS is a set of policies and procedures created in 2004 by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express to ensure the security of credit, debit, and cash card transaction.
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA): HIPAA Title II includes an administrative simplification security that mandates standardization of electronic health records system and includes security mechanisms design to protect data privacy and patient confidentiality.
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX): SOX was enacted in response to the high-profile Enron and WorldCom financial scandals to protect shareholders and the general public from account errors and fraudulent practices in the enterprise. Among other provisions, the law sets rules on storing and retaining business records in IT systems
- North American Electric Reliability Corporation Critical Infrastructure Protection Plan (NERC CIP): NERC CIP is a set of requirements designed to secure the assets required for operating North America’s bulk electric system
Organizations worldwide have embraced the cloud with its benefits of cost and flexibility, but they’re falling behind with keeping control of their data and compliance in virtual environments. It’s vitally important that businesses understand these laws and regulations inside and out and implement the appropriate governance and security measures necessary to protect sensitive information stored in the cloud.
Prove & Remain Compliant with NNT
Using a combination of NNT’s Change Tracker Enterprise deployed into the customer environment, coupled with a flexible weekly monitoring service by provided by security experts, NNT is able to deliver and bring to market a unique and affordable solution.
Change Tracker Gen7 starts with a complete audit of all devices to ensure they are set to a ‘secured and compliant’ state utilizing officially governance standards such as CIS, FedRAMP, PCI DSS, SOX & HIPAA. Once we have rendered systems compliant, NNT Change Tracker monitors all changes to the otherwise secure and compliant state. These changes are fully profiled with planned versus unplanned alerts combined with information like who made the change, when the change was made, what exactly was changed, and whether it affected your organization’s compliant posture.
This is then fully backed up by a thorough weekly analysis by qualified security experts. This process is used to refine and improve the intelligence of the system to reduce false positives which over time sharpens the automatic capabilities within the solution to better identify exceptional and unusual events that could be the giveaway signs of a security threat.