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What is Compliance in Information Technology (IT)?

IT compliance involves adhering to legal requirements and regulations set by external bodies that set the standard for IT operations and practices.

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In information technology, compliance focuses on ensuring adherence to relevant laws, regulations, industry standards and internal policies governing IT activities.

Key Components of Compliance in IT

  • Regulatory Adherence: Ensuring that an organization meets relevant laws, regulations, industry standards and internal policies for IT operations, data protection and security.
  • Policies and Procedures: Developing and implementing policies, procedures and controls to address regulatory requirements and standards.
  • Auditing and Reporting: Conducting regular audits and assessments to evaluate adherence to regulatory requirements for regulatory authorities, auditors and other stakeholders.
  • Data Protection and Privacy: Enforcing measures to protect sensitive information, such as personal data, financial records and intellectual property.
  • Recordkeeping and Documentation: Maintaining accurate records and documentation to prove adherence to regulatory requirements.
  • Risk Mitigation: Addressing specific risks related to regulatory non-compliance, assessing their impact and implementing controls to mitigate risks and ensure regulatory adherence.

How is IT Compliance Different from Security Governance?

While both governance and compliance aim to support organizational objectives and manage risks effectively, they diverge in focus and implementation:

Internal vs External:

  • Security governance primarily focuses internally on strategic alignment, risk management and supporting organizational goals
  • Compliance is primarily concerned with ensuring adherence to external regulations, industry standards and internal policies

Optional vs Obligatory:

  • Governance practices are often voluntarily driven by organizational goals and best practices
  • Compliance activities are mandatory and enforced by external regulatory authorities, industry standards bodies, or contractual obligations

Strategic vs Tactical:

  • Governance tends to be oriented towards the long-term by focusing on sustained organizational success and value creation over time
  • Compliance requires more short-term focus and is centered around meeting immediate regulatory deadlines or audit requirements

IT frameworks offer structured guidelines for implementing governance and compliance best practices and standards. We list the most common key industry standards in this article.

Best Practices for Compliance

Effective compliances fosters a culture of collaboration and security participation. Security teams need to universally have a shared overview of all IT assets and activity. From there they can implement standardized security governance frameworks. This may require investing in more security training and leveraging new or existing technology solutions.

How Gutsy can Help
Gutsy's data driven security governance helps security leaders understand how your security teams, tools, and services work together, so you can lower risk, accelerate auditing and compliance, and drive accountability.

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