Steps to OCI Compliance

The need for OCI compliance cannot be stressed enough. With more companies migrating to cloud computing, cybersecurity continues to become a major issue, and organizations need to ensure that they cover that side of things if they are to avoid any breaches. This is where cloud compliance comes in. It involves a number of steps, and they are outlined below.

First Find Out What You Have

You can only protect what you know you have, so the best thing is to find out exactly where your assets stand. All virtualized resources, including microservices, are part of your assets, so you should try and inventory them in order to find out what exactly is being covered in the compliance.

Choose the Right Compliance Framework

When choosing a compliance program, you need to base your decision on industry specifications and market needs. This mostly applies to industries where there aren’t any regulation standards since there’s a good chance that the customer will seek out vendors that meet standards relevant to their industry.

Evaluation

When designing a compliance program, it is always good to try and find out what others have done in order to meet compliance frameworks. A good example is the PCI frameworks which make it a necessity for specific cardholder data system components instead of the whole network to receive the bulk of the protections. This way, you can now know to build a firewall or try and segment certain parts of the system in the given scope. By customizing a system to stay within compliance requirements, you could end up saving huge sums.

Continuous Monitoring

A good number of compliance programs usually follow the “preset” model that all controls should remain operational throughout, which calls for monitoring to ensure this. Use of tools to automate workflows could make it easier for the company and also save on certain. Some of these automated tasks include notification and ticketing. Other than saving costs, these tools ensure the efficiency of their controls as well as provide a streamlined view for organizations resulting in both heightened visibility and control.

Reporting & Auditing

OCI compliance isn’t complete without a report on the implementation. The reporting goes both ways, and the vendors should provide reports for their customers to show them that all their needs are being met. On the other hand, customers should also show reports that they are compliant with all the agreed terms concerning usage and distribution or lack thereof. This is especially necessary for the companies (in this case, acting as customers to the vendors) as they too need to show their clients that they are compliant for them to be able to earn their trust. Frequent audits can also help to maintain compliance. This is because there are a lot of changes that take place over time, and you need to ensure that these changes have not affected your side of things.

By following the above steps, you are most definitely sure that you are well in compliance and have nothing to worry about.