A well maintained audit and compliance routine is paramount in any business when it comes to online/cyber security. Just because you’ve followed the protocols set in place, it doesn’t mean that you can fight the fight against a major cyber security attack. The compliance process needs to be a living and breathing entity, constantly curated and improved.
In this article we discuss the advantages of using programmed compliance in an agile process to guard against cyber attacks.
Continuous improvement starts with routine audits and inspections conducted across the business. The common practice of preparing just prior to a surveillance audit adds little or no value to a business. Ever-looming hacking threats to your online security have made sure of that. Day-to-day compliance processes need to be in place, in order to keep you on track with your audit and security measures. Systems and processes change constantly. Without regular review process compliance cannot be assured, no matter what, whether it is IT Security or WHS.
In my last blog post, I talked about the Value of Checklists and how they can eliminate potential problems. I wrote, “Using a checklist removes any chance of error, therefore reducing the chance of failure.” The same idea applies here. When you use a checklist in your daily-programmed compliance routine, and update those checklist protocols on a regular basis, you can significantly decrease the chance of human error. A preventative maintenance regime adds value back to business because fewer breakdowns occur and there is less cost due to not having to fix major problems.
Practising tight security controls involves the use of department-regulated checklists. In a recent article written by Kevin E. Greene, Greene states, “Compliance doesn’t mean security, and security doesn’t mean compliance. However, compliance and security complement each other. In the context of security, compliance should provide a way for organisations to verify and validate whether or not security controls are operating as intended.”