Getting started with IT governance software

Published | Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Using IT governance software to track policies, key controls, systems, processes, and people—all in one central place—is no longer a revolutionary approach to IT governance … it’s a necessity.

In recent years, IT governance has been put under a lot of scrutiny—and the scrutiny continues to increase with every new data breach or DDoS attack that makes the news.

As a CIO, CTO, information security manager, or IT auditor, how do you keep your IT teams running efficiently and productively while also establishing or maintaining a rock-solid governance program?

The answer is IT governance software.

Cybersecurity governance

How many point solutions are in play at your organization? Twenty? Fifty? More than 100? While your point solutions most likely play an important role in establishing a strong cybersecurity posture, that’s a lot of disparate data and reporting to contend with.

Harmonize your data

You need to bring all of your systems, data, and reporting together in one central place. The ACL platform does just that by aggregating, harmonizing, contextualizing, and analyzing all of your data from any data source. (Seriously! Bring us your most obscure data. We can work with it.) Then, using data automation, you can uncover vulnerabilities within those mountains of data.

Automate your workflows

How do you follow-up on all of those exceptions or vulnerabilities? Selecting a software with automated workflows will help you ensure the right person did the right thing at the right time. Now you can prove good governance.

Compliance and information security

There’s almost as many data privacy regulations as there are snowflakes in a blizzard. And depending on your industry, geography, or jurisdiction, those regulations will be just as unique as snowflakes.

Use pre-loaded, auto-updated standards and frameworks

Having ready-to-use industry IT standards like SOC2, PCI DSS, and NIST, frameworks like ISACA’s Data Protection Impact Assessment 2017, and industry-best practices loaded into your IT governance software is critical. In ACL, these standards and frameworks are automatically updated, so you can always be certain you and your team are working off the latest versions.

Map your control activities

And when it comes to streamlining your control activities, compliance maps are your new best friend. Map controls to the associated regulation, and spot any other regulations where those controls apply. You might just be compliant with more than the one regulation!

Learn more: Five ways technology can help IT compliance.

Access management

Proper authorizations, activity logs, application/business systems, user credentials, policies … Just like cybersecurity governance, access management systems can produce overwhelming amounts of data.

Run risk analytics across your entire data population

Taking a similar approach of blending, harmonizing, and running sophisticated analytics on the data is key to avoiding data breaches, data loss or theft, and data drift. ACL’s platform can run risk analytics across your entire data population to surface anomalies and automatically trigger workflows for immediate investigation and remediation.

Vendor management

If you’re bringing new vendors onboard without thorough evaluations, then you’re also bringing big risks onboard. Having a formal vendor review and selection process is a reality in business, and managing renewals is just as important.

Centralize and manage your vendor records

The best approach that you can take when it comes to vendor management is to centralize your records, automate deadlines, and use real-time dashboards to track everything, for example GDPR vendor DPAs. That’s how we do it here at ACL, using the ACL platform. (Meta, right?)

Audit readiness

And finally, for our friends involved with IT audits, implementing IT governance software can cut down the countless valuable hours you invest in preparing and executing IT audits.

Achieve a state of IT audit readiness

By assessing, rating, and managing risks and controls in one central spot—plus using automated workflows—your IT department will spend less time dealing with audits and be able to focus on mission-critical work. In a recent blog post, we shared nine steps to achieving IT audit readiness, and while achieving it requires some upfront work, you’ll see a huge pay off in the long run.

Be ready, confident, and armed with proof

Even when you implement IT governance software to centralize all of your risk, compliance, and audit activities, IT will continue to be under intense scrutiny. But, the difference is that you’ll be ready, confident, and armed with the proof to demonstrate good governance, while remaining efficient and productive.

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