4IT Blog

4IT has been serving the Miami area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

What is the MSPs Role in Maintaining a Regulation Compliant IT Infrastructure?

What is the MSPs Role in Maintaining a Regulation Compliant IT Infrastructure?

As a business, your clients trust that you’re taking every measure possible to protect data, like personal information or financial records. However, with the number of businesses using electronic records continuing to climb, along with the rise of cybercrime attacks, many industries have begun to impose regulations and compliances that are designed to keep personal information secure. Health and finance are two of the most heavily regulated industries, with the government having stepped in and set a specific standard of data security regulations that these companies must comply with.

As a business, your clients trust that you’re taking every measure possible to protect data, like personal information or financial records. However, with the number of businesses using electronic records continuing to climb, along with the rise of cybercrime attacks, many industries have begun to impose regulations and compliances that are designed to keep personal information secure. Health and finance are two of the most heavily regulated industries, with the government having stepped in and set a specific standard of data security regulations that these companies must comply with.


To help make sure that your company in compliance, 4IT can be there to help you attain, and remain in, compliance. Compliances and regulations usually fall into one of two categories:

Government Mandated Compliances: Depending on the industry being regulated, the state government, federal government, and in some instances, both can pass laws requiring establishments to meet certain technology requirements and standards. Government mandates are usually focused on network and data security-- and will audit a business to make sure that they’re in compliance and stay that way. 

  • HIPAA is required by the Federal Government.
  • New York State requires all financial organizations to meet Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies.

Internally Mandated Compliances: More and more businesses that aren’t technically required to meet regulations by law are setting their own technology standards. IT policies, best practices, processes, and procedures are just a few items that may be part of internally mandated compliances. These types include:

  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Mobile Device Management policies to control which devices can access your network.
  • Employees that are looking to access a company’s network remotely must do so using a secure, virtual private network or VPN.

Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery: The majority of government compliances are going to require some type of business continuity planning. Managed Services Providers are in a position to help with business continuity a few different ways. First, is with a data backup and disaster recovery. Ideally, every plan should have a BDR solution. Another function of an MSP is keeping a detailed inventory of hardware, software and user access which comes in handy in the event that the building or workstations are damaged.

Remote Monitoring and Maintenance: When it comes to security measures, remote monitoring and maintenance of a network is a requirement for most regulations. Even when business hours are technically 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or something similar, servers and networks are often powered on 24 hours a day. Government mandates require that your network and data are operational whenever technology is. MSPs not only provide monitoring and maintenance services, they can provide you with the data proving your network was protected during an audit.

Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment: To determine how secure a network is, many compliances require that regular penetration tests be performed. This common tool is an intentional attack on a company’s network by a friendly entity. Additionally, vulnerability assessments are often required, as well. This assessment is a report that indicates where potential weak spots in your network can be found. In the event of an audit, MSPs can also provide documentation as required to prove these measures are being taken.

Depending on the requirements of your industry, there are many other ways that an MSP can help with technology compliances and regulations. Whether government or internally mandated, contact 4IT to make sure you are in compliance - and remain that way!

 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Thursday, 21 September 2017
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Mobile? Grab this Article!

Qr Code

Tag Cloud

security Tip of the Week Technology Cloud Best Practices Privacy Microsoft Business Computing Internet software Backup Hackers Hosted Solutions Productivity Business Management Managed Service Provider Malware IT Services Google Business Efficiency Windows Disaster Recovery Innovation IT Support Hardware Business Continuity Workplace Tips VoIP Saving Money Computer Miscellaneous Windows 10 Virtualization User Tips Upgrade Mobile Devices Mobile Device Management Data Server Mobile Computing Network Security Email Save Money Microsoft Office Communication Network Alert Quick Tips communications Smartphones BYOD Going Green Mobile Office Social Media Information Technology Office Smartphone Apps Small Business Android Health Chrome Outsourced IT Browser Gadgets Application Ransomware Operating System Productivity Firewall Managed IT Services Avoiding Downtime Disaster Tablet Passwords The Internet of Things Managed IT Remote Computing Unified Threat Management IT Solutions Spam Risk Management Mobility BDR WiFi Cybercrime Search Telephone Systems Holiday Budget Automation Vendor Management Facebook Cybersecurity Hacking Hard Drives Saving Time Best Practice Data Management History Remote Monitoring Employer-Employee Relationship VPN Wireless Technology Phone System Recovery Marketing Big Data Law Enforcement Office Tips Proactive IT Customer Relationship Management Phishing Password Hosted Solution Collaboration Computers Apple Current Events Bring Your Own Device Printer USB Content Filtering Analytics Humor Administration Antivirus Office 365 Router Gmail Shortcut Wearable Technology Social iPhone Maintenance PowerPoint User Error Virus Lithium-ion battery Money Telephony Save Time Trending Education Net Neutrality Data Recovery Tech Support Work/Life Balance Point of Sale IT COnsultant HaaS Outlook Encryption Computer Repair Data Backup Business Intelligence App Government Cost Management Intranet Social Engineering Bandwidth Users Printer Server Wireless Unsupported Software Laptop Windows 8 Google Drive Cloud Computing OneNote Private Cloud Internet Exlporer Benefits DDoS Computer Accessories Vulnerability Internet of Things Identity Theft Mouse Compliance Display Data Protection Solid State Drive Network Congestion Flexibility Augmented Reality Two-factor Authentication Help Desk Managing Stress Paperless Office Data Storage SaaS Excel Samsung Audit Fax Server Wi-Fi Emergency Workplace Travel Applications Streaming Media Uninterrupted Power Supply hacker Update Customer Service Biometrics online currency Personal Information Transportation Retail Social Networking Virtual Reality Battery Robot Meetings Computer Care Automobile Emails End of Support Instant Messaging Efficency IT Support HIPAA Entertainment Windows 10 Legal Commerce Touchpad Mobile Device Wiring Website Managed Security Regulation Information Branding Scam Distributed Denial of Service Sync Debate OneDrive iOS Sports WIndows 7 Amazon Employer Employee Relationship Worker Commute Managed IT Service Operating Sysytem eWaste Inbound Marketing Co-managed IT Regulations Adobe PDF Managed IT Services Computer Fan Files Scalability Value Cameras Ebay Safety Licensing Text Messaging Nokia Dark Web Chromecast User Computing How To Screen Mirroring Science Upgrades Virtual Desktop Presentation Artificial Intelligence Administrator Bluetooth Best Available Training Consultant Cast Colocation IT Technicians The Blindside Of Windows 10s Black Market Nanotechnology Access SharePoint Company Culture Touchscreen Politics Data Security Hard Disk Drive IT Security Twitter Tablets Root Cause Analysis Teamwork Cleaning Busines Continuity Experience Surge Protector HBO best practices Networking Hard Drive Near Field Communication Keyboard Television NFL Avoid Downtime CrashOverride 3D Printing Music IT Management Uograde data breach Human Resources Images IT consulting Hiring/Firing Word Settings Data storage Running Cable Books WIndows Server 2008 ISP risk management Reliable Computing Smart Technology Video Games Document Management Blogging Data Breach Patch Management Advertising Bloatware Programming Taxes Storage Supercomputer Electronic Medical Records IT service Lifestyle IT Budget Webinar Domains Reputation Mobile IT solutions Tutorial Professional Services Buisness Shadow IT Relocation Youtube Microblogging Gift Giving Sales Windows Ink Managed Service Provder Webinar