With being a business owner comes the pressing weight of keeping up with IT compliance – it can often feel like a moving target taunting you to fail. Understanding all there is to understand is no easy feat. The benefits mean staying ahead of the curve – making it worth it.
Here’s what you need to know about IT compliance and how the cloud can help.
What is IT Compliance?
IT compliance is a set of standards that businesses must adhere to in order to protect their data and IT infrastructure. These standards are set by various governing bodies and can vary depending on the industry, but they all have one common goal: to ensure that businesses are taking the necessary steps to keep their data safe.
There are many different aspects of IT compliance, but some of the most common include data security, privacy, and disaster recovery. Adhering to these standards can be a challenge for any business, but it’s especially difficult for small businesses that don’t have the same resources as larger companies.
What is Cloud Compliance?
Cloud compliance is the process of making sure your data and applications are compliant with industry and government standards when stored in the cloud. This can include everything from ensuring you have the proper security measures in place to ensuring your data meets GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) requirements.
According to recent research surveys, 94% of IT and security professionals believe that compliance is a top priority for their organization.
Using IT means you don’t have to worry about hefty fines or penalties for not being compliant. Not to mention, it gives you peace of mind knowing your data is safe and secure.
The cloud has become the preferred storage method for many businesses as it offers a number of advantages, such as increased flexibility, scalability, and cost savings. However, with these benefits comes the need to be extra vigilant about compliance. After all, you are entrusting your most sensitive data to a third-party provider.
According to Expert Insights, in the last 18 months, 79% of companies have experienced at least one cloud data breach; even more alarmingly, 43% have reported 10 or more breaches in that time.
So, how can you combat this?
The answer lies in working with a Managed Service Provider (MSP).
How Can an MSP Help?
Managed service providers (MSPs) can play a vital role in helping you meet your compliance needs: both IT and cloud. MSPs can help you assess your compliance risks, implement the necessary controls, and monitor your IT compliance posture on an ongoing basis.
In other words, they can take care of the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on running your business. MSPs are able to combat the threats of the cloud by:
- Offering comprehensive IT compliance services
- Conducting regular security audits
- Monitoring your IT infrastructure 24/7
- Identifying potential compliance risks
- Implementing the necessary controls to mitigate those risks
- Responding quickly to any compliance breaches
When selecting an MSP, be sure to choose one that specializes in working with businesses in your industry. They will have a deep understanding of the compliance requirements you need to meet and can tailor their services to your specific needs.
Telewire: The MSP for Your Business
IT compliance is a complex and ever-changing landscape. However, by working with an MSP, you can be confident that your data is safe and compliant.
Telewire is a leading provider of IT services and solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. Our highly trained experts keep up with the changes of the technological world and in turn, keeps your business secure with a full range of IT compliance services, including assessment, implementation, and monitoring.
Get started with our cloud solutions today and experience the Telewire difference.