The term 'meeting compliance' is thrown around frequently within the IT community, yet according to a report from this year, 28% of IT decision makers don't know which regulatory frameworks they need to follow. Regulatory compliance is a business' adherence to the rules set in place for their specific industry sector, usually created to ensure safety and security for customers, clients, or patients. Violating these regulations not only leaves your customers and reputation at risk, but can also lead to legal punishment.
Some Common Regulations
The General Data Protection Regulation applies to all businesses that handle the personal data of EU citizens, working as an updated, stricter version of the previous general data protection rules in accordance with quickly developing technologies. This new framework offers more rights to individuals in terms of how their personal data is handled by businesses, and forces these businesses to demonstrate more transparency and attentiveness in the protection of this data.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard was designed to improve the security around card transactions and the storage of customer card details. This effects businesses globally, requiring all card-accepting organisations to show evidence of a secure network with regular testing and vulnerability management.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was created with the aim of protecting the private health information of patients and clients, whilst also allowing the distribution of health information needed to promote health care and improve health and well-being. This regulation keeps balance within the medical field, effecting businesses such as hospitals, dental practices, physician practices, pharmacies, and more - but only within the US.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is essentially a risk management framework for US organisations to better manage and reduce cyber-security risks. This framework is made up of a 5-point-structure - identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover. Although NIST compliance is common, it actually isn't regulatory, but more of a recommended guideline.
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Compliance with Barracuda Essentials
Barracuda Essentials is the all-in-one cloud-based solution for email security, backup, archiving and eDiscovery - these combined features create the ideal all-around compliance plan...
Email Security offers general data protection for the email platform, as well as Advanced Threat Protection which is an important factor in reducing cyber-security risks. The most notable email security feature, however, is Email Encryption, which ensures that only the intended recipient can access the message through the use of a specific decryption key, protecting any customer data that may need to be sent between different departments or offices.
With the Archiving feature, an original copy is made for every email, which is then stored separately for long-term retention and preservation - this is done 'in motion' at the time the email is sent or received. On top of this, historical email data can be imported to provide a complete archive, and compliance can be demonstrated easily with advanced searches and comprehensive audit trails.
Finally, Barracuda's Backup solution creates secure, real-time encrypted backups, which can be replicated to an off-site physical or virtual appliance, to the Barracuda Cloud, or to Amazon Web Services. This protects data against ransomware and other criminal attacks, as well as hardware failures, human error, and other disasters.