Solid preparation can help lighten the compliance load for IT managers
By Cameron Sturdevant E WEEK LABS
Pr a c t i c a l l y infrastructures, this rat’s opportunity to enact needed nal auditors on demand.
e v e r y e n t e r - nest of requirements tends enhancements. By preparing for these
p r i s e m u s t to end up in the laps of IT While individual regula- elements and securing an
abide by and managers. tions vary, the elements understandingoftheregula-demonstrate compliance Fortunately, as eWeek shared by these compli- tions andrisksthat apply to
with some group of regula- Labs has learned, much of ance mandates boil down, your business, IT managers
tions intended to head off what you need to satisfy reg- more or less, to a set of can help their organizations
the next Enron or World- ulations most likely already IT best practices: collect- achieve regulatory compli-Com scandal or headline- exists in your organization. ing information about ance with as little cost and
grabbing data breach. And for IT departments your data and IT environ- trouble as possible.
What’s more, since so in search of a return-on- ment, documenting what many of the routes through investment case for system happens to the data and Regulations
which organizations reach management improve- changes in your IT infra- and risks
and demonstrate compli- ments, regulatory compli- structure, and reporting all though no one likes to
ance run through their IT ance can offer a Y2K-style this information to exter- do it, IT managers should