How do you implement regulatory compliance in IT?
A patchwork of laws, regulations and standards apply to organizations requiring public disclosure of security breaches that involve private information. Organizations are either mandated or incentivized to build and improve their information security programs to avoid security breaches, penalties, sanctions and embarrassing news headlines.
Organizations can enforce regulatory compliance mandates through security governance, which incorporates activities such as risk management. This includes regulatory compliance risks, incident response, process improvement, event identification, business continuity and disaster recovery planning and resource management as well as the establishment of metrics to measure progress and efficiency. Through information security governance, organizations can establish an effective structure and clear statements of roles and responsibilities that are in lockstep with business stakeholders, the legal team and IT. Among other things, security governance helps identify compliance risk and address countermeasures in IT security policy, including technical and organizational controls and guidelines for operational teams to follow.