Every business must ensure that it's IT environment is secure and adheres to the various compliance standards put in place. Organisations undergo multiple audits on a monthly basis to confirm that they comply.
The audit process can be tedious as it involves extensive communication between different divisions of a company. Compliance is not an element that is left to one team; compliance officers have to work with the infrastructure experts and the IT professionals in an enterprise.
Even after completing an audit successfully, an organisation still has to be ready for the next because compliance is an ongoing affair. Continuous automation comes in handy at this point.
The Concept of Ongoing Compliance
Continuous compliance in the IT sector refers to the ability to keep track of a company's compliance over a prolonged period. A common misstep many enterprises take when it comes to their security is assuming just because they have passed an audit once, they don't have to worry about it if nothing in the system changes.
However, regulations are always changing, and a company has to be ready to implement them at all times. If your business is to stay compliant, it has to keep evaluating standards and adjusting them accordingly.
Every time an application gets an upgrade or a system configuration is tweaked, an enterprise runs the risk of falling out of compliance, meaning failing in the next audit. The rate of development of a company is directly proportionate to the risk of invalidating audits. Essentially, more growth translates to higher risks.
How Continuous Automation Helps
Regardless of the DevOps tools that an entity uses from CHEF to Prometheus, automating compliance goes a long way in taking the hassle out of managing audits. Rather than letting compliance suffer for the sake of development or vice versa, automation offers a practical solution. It makes it possible to monitor compliance from the first stage through its lifespan.
Most organisations rely on historical data from previous audits to tell where their compliance lies. The only instance where such information can be used when testing compliance is when an entity's environments have been static.
One thing that always goes wrong when it comes to audit is that the people who are supposed to be talking to each other don't. When the security team doesn't know what the compliance team is up to, that disconnect only serves to torpedo audits.
The world that business environments operate in today is all about continuous compliance. Regulatory bodies pop in and out, mostly unannounced, to check how an organisation is handling its security. Automating compliance ensures that teams keep up with regulations especially if they are always evolving.
Audits are critical parts of running any organisation. They make sure that an entity is operating under the industry regulations. Keeping up with audits is not always easy though, and a good number of businesses find themselves lagging behind in compliance standards.
Continuous automation tracks the changes that occur in CHEF environments, among others, allowing an organisation to adjust as required. The consequence is that an entity will always be ready for audits and not have to risk regulatory failure.
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