In most organizations that depend on IT systems, there could be a thin line between compliance and security. Many believe that checklists related to compliance standards are enough to protect a company’s sensitive data. However, this isn’t always the case. In order to make sure a business is fully protected, it is important to not only adhere to industry compliance regulations but to also protect data with internal cyber security measures.
Compliance involves meeting the rules or regulations created by governmental bodies, non-profit organizations or even groups of people that belong in the same industry. These rules serve as a blueprint for securing certain types of data. There is usually a regulatory body that ensures that everyone in the industry adheres to the set rules. To ensure that every player in the industry is compliant, regulatory bodies conduct periodic audits and assessments of the systems. They can do these tasks themselves or can seek the expertise of a third party. The audits are used to reveal how your organization is performing in terms of trying to remain compliant and meeting the regulatory standards.
From a general point of view, compliance and security can be thought to mean the same thing. In reality, they are completely two different distinctions. For instance, compliance is mainly practiced with the goal of meeting the requirements set by third-party organizations. On the other hand, security is exercised for your own sake. Businesses won’t be pressurized by any external forces to keep your systems and data safe. They can deploy security measures for their own good. The compliance has the beginning and the end. An organization can sit back and claim that it is 100% compliant after meeting the requirements of the regulator. On the other hand, security is a continuous process. It needs to be maintained and improved continuously because the threats keep evolving over time.
More than ever, Small Businesses covered under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must strive to protect their customers’ personal information. HIPAA imposes strict penalties for any breach of protected data. The act provides a set of policies that dictate how private data can be used, disclosed and stored, and was signed into law in 1996. Recently, Congress has put increasing pressure on small businesses to comply with new privacy laws.
How Can Roan Solutions Help Your Business
Updated Risk Assessments: Roan Solutions can provide your company with updated privacy and security risk assessments to get you on the right path toward securing your infrastructure.
HIPAA-compliant BA Agreements: Business Associate agreements provide the necessary documentation to ensure you maintain compliance. Roan Solutions can help you to secure and evaluate these agreements.
Procedures and Policies for Dealing with Protected Health Information: Roan Solutions can help to implement the appropriate procedures and standards to achieve compliance.
Don’t take risks with your data, your customers, or your business – engage Roan Solutions for your IT compliance needs.