How automation helps with cybersecurity and data security compliance

3 minute read
Jan 4, 2022
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Cybersecurity and data security compliance automation have three primary benefits - time savings, consistency, and expertise.  There are also two significant secondary results – saving money and time – a lot in most cases.

Each certification or regulation often has hundreds of requirements, with conditions based on specific events.  One of the most time-consuming aspects of compliance is evidence collection – proving you do what you say you do.  Most automation platforms are focused on solving this major pain point, and as a result, small companies often save hundreds of hours annually managing evidence collection.

Also, with so many obligations, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the requirements and fall out of compliance. Compliance automation platforms are good at ensuring you do what you need – on time.  Another reason many companies turn to them is to help decode the requirements and map them to their business.

Without being a cyber compliance expert in a specific framework, it can often take many hours to figure out how to implement a single requirement.  Multiply this by hundreds of requirements – that's a big headache.  Most platforms help you fix compliance issues, so you don’t have to waste time figuring out what to do or when to do something.  These are just a few reasons why more companies are trying to comply with automation platforms like OpReady.  

Practical example – automated requirement.

A company says that every employee has multi-factor authentication (MFA) enabled on their Microsoft office email account.

How do you prove MFA is enabled for all employees?

An on-demand and accessible audit log should have reliable and visual proof that every employee has MFA enabled and has had it enabled on their account for some time. Unfortunately, your word doesn't count.

How automation helps in this example.

Every time the company onboards an employee, a compliance platform will automatically check to ensure that that employee has MFA enabled via Microsoft's API. If not, it will issue a warning to your compliance officer of non-compliance.  The system will continue to check daily and record that the user has kept MFA enabled in an auditable log. It is checked daily to prove over an extended period that MFA was enabled.

Without a platform, a manual way to prove compliance would be to screenshot the MFA setting in every employee's account to provide proof at audit time.  It is tough to manage a lot of screenshots and remember to always capture them.

In the above example, the company would save a tremendous amount of time and effort with automation.


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Written by Sean Worden

Sean is OpReady's Founder and CEO. He holds a BS in IT and many cybersecurity certifications. He has over a decade of real-world software development, compliance, cybersecurity, and federal contracting experience. Connect with Sean on LinkedIn!

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