Industry compliance standards and regulations. These are what govern the daily operations in your organization—everything from hardware to software, and network security to employee training. When you’re part of a compliance-focused industry, you have no choice. Follow the rules or face the consequences. Absolute Computer Systems’ IT compliance services will give you everything you need to stay compliant with data security tools, policies on acceptable network use, and other security measures and controls to protect sensitive data, systems, and networks.
First order of business: You want your clients and employees to know their personal data is secure. It’s good for business. It’s called customer trust. And it’s the right thing to do.
But there’s more. If you work in an industry like healthcare, insurance, banking, law, financial services, or education—for starters—and if you choose not to abide by IT security compliance regulations, you could be in big trouble with the law.
In fact, the consequences of not following IT compliance requirements can be severe, ranging from legal sanctions and criminal charges to financial penalties, reputational damage, and loss of consumer trust. There is a risk of data breaches, which can lead to direct economic losses from fines, litigation, remediation costs, and reputational damage. Want more? Noncompliance can lead to business operation disruptions, loss of company reputation, loss of customer confidence, and potential compliance-related legal action.
If that doesn’t make you sick to the stomach, then nothing will.
IT compliance requires that your network be continuously monitored so that customer data like credit card information, social security numbers, and sensitive health information is secure. It requires security practices that are documented and can be proven by a security team at a moment’s notice.
If you fail to meet the compliance standards of the FTC, you may be subject to enforcement action such as a civil penalty or an injunction from engaging in certain business practices. The FTC may impose both civil penalties and equitable remedies such as restitution or consumer redress as a result of non-compliance with FTC regulations.
Are you concerned you’ve violated an industry data security standard put forth by the Federal Trade Commission? Consult with an attorney and be prepared to demonstrate how you have addressed the issue to reduce or eliminate any potential consequences.
And in the meantime, schedule a consultation with Absolute Computer Systems to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
If you’re in any of the following industries (or a related industry), chances are you’re subject to the Federal Trade Commission’s regulations for consumer data protection:
It means you must take these IT compliance measures, among others, at all times:
HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a U.S. federal law that establishes security and privacy standards for protecting medical information. It sets guidelines for the use and disclosure of personal information, including medical records and other protected health information. HIPAA also provides individuals with rights to control certain uses and disclosures of their protected health information.
That’s the fine print. In short, you’d better comply, or you’ll have to deal with the HHS (United States Department of Health and Human Services).
In order to stay in HIPAA compliance, you’ll need to:
This list is certainly not exhaustive, and federal agencies’ regulations can change. That’s why it helps to have a partner who’s equipped with the latest information—someone who knows how to implement procedures that cover IT compliance regulatory requirements as they relate to HIPAA.
Let’s start a conversation today—before it’s too late.
PCI stands for Payment Card Industry. It’s a card-industry, data-security standards body that develops and maintains security criteria for Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover to ensure the safety of cardholder data. PCI compliance is a requirement for any business that stores, processes, or transmits payment card data.
Here are some of the measures you’ll need to take in order to stay PCI-compliant:
Would the Payment Card Industry be happy with the way your business stores and protects data? In the event of a data breach, credit card information is some of the most valuable information a hacker can steal.
Let’s find out if the data you’re storing is protected with a consultation.
The Absolute Computer Systems team knows what it takes to remain IT compliant in specific industries and keep federal agencies off your tail. Our clients know how it feels to have risk-managed procedures that protect data and help them sleep at night.
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IT security compliance can feel like a dark and scary world with good guys, bad guys—and obligations to keep an eye on both.
We get a lot of questions in this area. We’re including some of them here, and we encourage you to contact us with any other questions you may have.