If compliance is a dirty word in your organization, you have unnecessarily created a bogey to frighten yourself with. It is true that there are many compliance mandates that are thrust upon you and you are forced to spend time and money just meeting their dictates. But, just pause awhile and subdue your fears—take stock of what you need to do and how you can do it efficiently and effectively.

Perhaps the list of compliance mandates you have to satisfy includes some of the following?

• Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

• Sarbanes‐Oxley Act (SOX)

• Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

• Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

• Gramm‐Leach Bliley Act (GLBA)

• US state breach notification laws

• Canadian Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

• European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive

• Hong Kong’s Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance

• Japan’s Personal Information Protection Act (JPIPA)

And many more compliance list …

All you need to do is look at the big picture and find out what are the compliance rules governing your industry. You need to ensure that all your systems are working towards the achievement of the compliance parameters that are common to all the mandates. You can begin with building up a culture of compliance within the organization by putting in place the right policies, technologies and people controls. Compliance must become automatic as the organization focuses attention on achieving business goals.

Enterprises migrating to the cloud will find that they can reduce costs of compliance. The cloud facilitates automatic compliance. High level vulnerability scans are no longer required as security is real time. Users do not manage the security on their systems. Security is centralized, automated and controlled by pre-defined policies that are configured into the system.

The Cloud simplifies compliance by reducing the complexity of information storage and management. Compliance is enforced with user identity and access management systems, Data management, Patch management, application and database monitoring, mobile device management and audit logging.  Cloud-based data management system force organizations automate data management, clean up security policies, archive outdated information, de-duplicate data and keep management plugged in on information security and compliance with audit logs and user activity reports.

Compliance need no longer be the dirty word in your organization. You can take it in your stride as the cloud system takes care of it for you!