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Regulatory Compliance and Your Data

by Maggie Getova

Regulatory compliance has to do with rules, policies and laws that organizations need to aspire to meet in order to protect their records. Healthcare organizations, for example, need to meet regulatory compliance to keep patient data protected. Financial organizations need to keep their records for a certain number of years for auditing purposes, among other reasons. No matter the organization or regulatory compliance they need to meet, keeping their data safe through various security methods and procedures is a critical part of meeting compliance regulations.

HIPAA Regulatory Compliance

Healthcare and insurance providers are required to take special precautions when it comes to their data. Privacy laws are a big driver of HIPAA compliance, since these organizations deal with sensitive patient data which needs to be protected. Data access controls are critical in meeting HIPAA compliance; an organization needs to demonstrate how data is both controlled and maintained during an audit. This includes data center access, facility equipment and more. HIPAA also requires that compliant organizations conduct ongoing security reviews to insure that technical data and the environments in which it is stored are well protected. Data must be encrypted in flight and at rest to meet compliance regulations. A data protection solution can help you with HIPAA compliance depending on the provider, so be sure to ask that they show how they can help you meet your compliance needs.  

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SOX Regulatory Compliance

Publicly traded companies are required to abide by SOX (Sarbanes-Oxley Act) compliance rules and regulations. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was passed by U.S. Congress in order to protect investors from fraudulent accounting practices by corporations. The regulations set forth by SOX impact the whole IT infrastructure of an organization, from network security to IT operations. SOX defines which company records need to be stored, and how long they need to be stored. During an audit, an organization needs to be able to prove that they keep their data and records secure, and that they are keeping their records offsite for up to seven years. In addition, SOX requires that point-in-time snapshots of technical and financial system data are kept for auditors to review.

ITAR Regulatory Compliance

Companies and businesses which deal with importing and exporting defense-related articles and services or relevant technical data on United States Munitions List (USML) are required to abide by ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) rules and regulations. These regulations were set in place to prevent the transfer of sensitive information to outsiders. Practices which organizations need to maintain include regular testing of their security systems and processes, monitoring and testing their networks, and maintaining a vulnerability management program. In addition, sensitive data must be protected with encryption and should only be accessed by authenticated users.

These are just some of the regulatory compliance which certain businesses have to abide by. They’re set in place to ensure that data is kept protected from being being breached or being lost. 

Maggie Getova
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Maggie is a content writer and editor at Zetta. She writes for the blog and manages web content.