Government regulations, industry mandates, corporate standards and legal mandates. IT systems must meet a growing array of service level, business continuity, confidentiality, and privacy and security standards. Compliance best practices protect business assets. Organisations need to ensure employees are aware of and take steps to comply with relevant laws and regulations.

Government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II, HIPAA, and industry standards such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance affect how IT projects are built and planned. A key issue for IT managers is to comply with these regulations without disrupting IT projects or draining resources needed for a successful deployment.

Best practices offer more than compliance
The best compliance solutions take an integrated approach that focus on IT and business best practices. Instead of modifying systems piecemeal to meet specific guidelines, an integrated approach to managing systems and processes offers a systematic approach to implementation. Solutions that offer broad and deep visibility into processes, simple and effective control of services and systems and efficient automation across an infrastructure are ideal for protecting assets. Other best practices include:

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