Let’s face it – compliance audits have always been a huge pain. But in today’s world where every minute and every dollar matter more than ever, wasting more time and money on audits than is absolutely necessary just doesn’t make good business sense.
CipherOptics can help organizations that want to spend less time on audits and more time running their businesses. The CipherEngine Services Platform simplifies audit requirements by identifying the parts of the infrastructure and network where regulated data flows, securely segregating those segments from the rest of the network and then protecting data flows within those segments.
By implementing the CipherOptics Scope of Audit Reduction Solution, companies can define regulatory application domains, and then quickly and easily secure them. This ensures that all regulated data is encrypted wherever it flows. Not only does this solution protect the data, it also eliminates the need to audit the entire computing and networking infrastructure because the regulated data has been cryptographically segmented from the rest of the data flows. By eliminating the network from the scope of the audit, the audited company saves both time and money.
Segmenting and Securing Regulated Data
Most enterprises utilize multiple applications and various sets of network devices. Since physical network access extends from any endpoint to another endpoint, the entire IT infrastructure is the target of the audit. However, by segmenting the network into Application Domains, the scope of an audit can be reduced to include only the domain that is used by the application being audited. In addition, once the auditor has certified that the data flows have been encrypted, the application domain considered to be compliant*.
When a company is audited for regulatory compliance, all Application and Network Domains are subject to the audit because access to the regulated data can be gained from anywhere on the network. This makes the scope of a regulatory audit as wide as your entire IT infrastructure (the superset of the Network Domain and all Application Domains). Although this may be great for the auditors, it�s not so great for your IT Staff, or your business.
With CipherOptics’ Scope of Audit Reduction solution, IT and security administrators are able to quickly and simply consolidate the security for all their regulated data flows. This approach allows for the creation of a “Compliance Domain,” that contains only the devices where regulated data flows, which then greatly reduces the scope of the audit. Now the audit team needs to confirm only that the data is encrypted as it flows, and that the endpoints that are authorized to access the data are secured. There is no need to audit the entire Network Domain or unrelated Application Domains because the compliance domain is cryptographically segmented from all other data flows and unauthorized endpoints.
By making it easy to create and secure Compliance Domains, the CipherOptics Scope of Audit Reduction solution helps companies save time and money while complying with data security regulations. This solution is ideal for:
- Companies currently failing regulatory audits due to concerns over the security of outsourced data centers.
- Companies with limited IT staffing budgets needing to prove compliance with government or industry regulations.
- Regulated companies engaging in mergers or acquisitions looking to speed up integration without compliance lapses.
Offering breakthrough scalability, best of breed performance and elegantly simple installation and management, the CipherEngine Scope of Audit Reduction solution gives you the power to segment and secure your regulated data. With CipherOptics, you can greatly reduce the time and cost of proving compliance and focus on your business rather than on audits.