With a slew of high-profile data breaches filling the headlines these days, government and industry regulators continue to step up compliance requirements to compel businesses to implement more robust security controls. Although these actions may be warranted, many organizations have struggled to keep up with the complex barrage of new and existing regulatory measures. This steady increase of requirements means many companies are turning to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to help avoid the heavy fines that come with falling behind. If you’re wondering how a relationship with an MSP can help you stay on track, here’s five ways partnering with a designated team of IT experts can help you master compliance requirements:
PROVIDE AN ASSESSMENT
The jumping-off point for any discussion about compliance is understanding where you are currently. What requirements are you already adhering to, and which ones are causing you to fall behind? Are there new technologies on the market that could simplify or automate some of those responsibilities? What gaps in your security profile need to be addressed immediately to ensure you meet compliance standards? An MSP can help with questions like these by jumping right in, breaking down the complex compliance jargon, and assessing where you stand so you can work quickly to bridge any gaps.
CREATE PROCESSES AND POLICY
It’s not just that you need to know and understand DFARS, NIST, HIPAA, or whichever regulation is specific to your niche; you must also be able to build policies and processes that allow you and your staff to remain in compliance as you go about your daily routines. Obviously, this is easier said than done with the seemingly endless documentation, storage, and reporting standards that need to be sorted through and examined. However, this is where an MSP can step in and help you create, organize, and distribute coherent policies and procedures that keep your team on task in their day-to-day work. This way, you ensure your company is in sync about compliance from top-to-bottom.
Another area in which you and your staff must be in lockstep is understanding why each compliance protocol is important to adhere to. Because human error is the main culprit in most breaches these days, your employees are essentially your first line of defense against cyberattacks. With veteran cybersecurity experts always on hand, a company that partners with an MSP gets the benefit of being able to schedule regular training sessions to make sure their employees understand the latest threats and how to stay ahead of them.
IMPLEMENT THE LATEST TECHNOLOGIES
You may want to upgrade your current platforms and tools and even have money in the budget to do so. But unless you have the IT experts in your organization who can introduce these technologies in a way that augments your current capabilities and adheres to regulatory safety standards, you’ll be wasting your time and money. Partnering with an MSP means every upgrade to your system comes with an experienced professional who can install it correctly, explain why it helps, and walk everyone through how to stay in compliance while using it.
RELIEVE YOUR COMPLIANCE BURDEN
Perhaps the most valuable benefit of partnering with an MSP is the peace of mind you’ll gain from having experienced IT professionals to lean on. With an MSP in the fold, you’ll spend less time sorting through confusing industry regulations and more time focusing on what’s most important to you: keeping your customers happy and attracting new business.
If you’re curious about working with an MSP and want to talk about getting help with your industry’s latest regulations, contact Haselkorn Inc. today.