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Add Layers of Security To Ensure Your Business is Compliant

Add Layers of Security to Your Business to Ensure Your Business is Compliant

“Are you sure my business is compliant?”

It’s not surprising that this is one of the most common questions for technology professionals today. When you can’t turn on the news or read articles on your favorite platforms without hearing about a cybersecurity breach, you know it’s a big problem for businesses! Companies are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars due to ransomware, poor security measures or simple noncompliance with government regulations.

There is a shroud of confusion around many topics such as PCI compliance. This particular set of security requirements, technically called Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), are created and maintained by the PCI Security Standards Council. While they specifically address credit card processing, the standards are also a solid litmus test for the state of your company’s cybersecurity.

Is Your Company Compliant?

In order to be considered compliant, your company must agree to -- and follow -- the rules for government regulations and industry standards. While this often includes PCI compliance for eCommerce companies or those storing personal information, there are also a range of other compliance standards that may apply to your business, including:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) financial reporting standards
  • PCI DSS (credit card processing) standards
  • HIPAA which regulates the medical and dental industries
  • FINRA to safeguard the integrity of investors and firms

Each of these requirements helps to ensure that your company’s data is protected and that consumers can trust that your brand meets certain industry expectations.

Creating a Trusted, Secure IT Infrastructure for Your Business

Constantly monitoring threats within your organization is a task that can be time-consuming and difficult unless you have the right tools in place. With a proactive approach to cybersecurity, you can reduce the risk of an attack or loss of data from poor internal procedures. For example, PCI compliance is meant to address prevention, detection and an appropriate reaction to security incidents. A key benefit of adopting these standards is that they are also considered best-practices for traditional cybersecurity:

  • Setting secure password standards
  • Encrypting information at rest and in transit
  • Using and maintaining firewalls and antivirus software
  • Restricting physical and virtual access to secure data and systems
  • Properly updating software and maintaining accurate records of licenses
  • Performing regular testing and vulnerability scans
  • Creating and maintaining accurate access logs

While there are no guarantees in the world of cybersecurity, maintaining compliance and staying within government and industry standards can help ensure efficient operations and add a layer of security to your business.

Want to learn more about compliance and how to protect your company? Contact the professionals at On Time Tech at 415-294-5250 or request a complimentary consultation online anytime. We specialize in cybersecurity, helping companies of all sizes maintain a secure and compliant environment.

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