What is Continuous Compliance Monitoring?

When building secure and compliant applications in the cloud, security teams must work hard to ensure all security settings and configurations adhere to and remain in compliance with standards including HIPAA, SOC 2, and GDPR across all environments — this is where the compliance monitoring process comes into play.

What is the purpose of compliance monitoring?

All software companies working within regulated environments, including healthcare and financial services industries, must adhere to all regulatory requirements when building and managing cloud applications. In short, security teams must ensure that all necessary administrative, technical, and physical safeguards are configured when designing and building compliant applications in the cloud.

Continuous compliance monitoring allows security teams to automate security tasks and configurations that typically involve manual work. Implementing compliance monitoring allows teams to manage their security and compliance posture through the following process:

  • Set policies and security standards for organization and cloud infrastructure
  • Detect where issues are occuring within your cloud infrastructure
  • Resolve or automate remediation of security and compliance issues

Benefits of Continuous Compliance Monitoring

Compliance monitoring tools assist your team with the implementation of all necessary technical safeguards, including disaster recovery (DR), encryption, vulnerability scanning, and intrusion detection — everything needed to ensure compliance monitoring best practices are implemented in the cloud.

With continuous compliance monitoring, your security teams will have the visibility to see when cloud resources conflict with security policies or fall out of compliance with cybersecurity and regulatory standards including HIPAA, GDPR, and SOC 2. This allows your team to act quickly and accordingly.

Software vendors and SaaS providers are often vetted by Fortune 500s and enterprise companies via challenging vendor risk assessments. Having an established security program will make it easier for your team to complete security assessments and streamline the client procurement process. 

Compliance monitoring services, like Dash ComplyOps, are designed to provide companies in regulated industries, such as healthcare and finance, with the foundation needed to build and validate their security posture and achieve cloud compliance. 

Consider working with Dash to create security policies, generate compliance reports, and provide internal controls and security information with clients, investors, and enterprise partners.