What to look for in a compliance assessment
Running a thorough compliance assessment and comprehensively checking system security against regulatory demands requires a great deal of expertise. Companies often do not have such knowledgeable individuals on staff, meaning they must look to a third-party consultant or vendor to execute these tasks. In general, use of an independent auditor is considered best practice.
Any IBM i compliance auditor should have a deep understanding of the IBM i operating system. Businesses can also help themselves by reviewing their password and authentication policies, powerful user profiles, objects settings, exit points, and other areas of concern.
Once completed, your compliance assessment should offer clear action items regarding what changes need to be made to comply with specific regulations.
What IBM i security solutions are required?
IBM i provides a solid foundation upon which companies can build their security frameworks, but it will require additional layers of security to wrap around the core operating system.
Additional security assessment tools, for instance, are needed to run detailed risk assessments that identify potential vulnerabilities in the system. Companies should also consider building out their access management capabilities to incorporate features like advanced control of access through networks, database protocols, commands lines and more.
Multi-factor authentication, including voice and mobile authentication, strengthens password security by mitigating the risks of an unauthorized user compromising employee profiles and accessing sensitive data and systems.
Accelerating compliance timetables through professional services and technology that uses compliance templates to generate compliance alerts and reports is also recommended to speed up this process and avoid hefty fines.
Data privacy solutions such as encryption, tokenization and anonymization are essential to safeguarding sensitive data and meeting the most stringent security regulations such as PCI DSS.
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