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Compliance management is a critical requirement, just like information and technology is. However, security compliance doesn’t come about without proper security management. Security management is related to assets, human, and physical security in business enterprises. It entails compliance with implemented laws governing development, implementation, and documentation of policies in compliance with guidelines and standards for best practices.

There are committees that oversee the effectiveness of responsiveness of programs ensuring security management. They detect and prevent illegal activities and actions through compliance with IAP (Information Asset Protection) programs. Security managers are also expected to stick to best practices to ensure compliance with recommendations, controls and monitoring security processes. This should develop IAP controls to an advance level.

Security management personnel must be capable of understanding the status of IT systems to determine what requirements are lacking. When IAP is deployed into the operating activities of the organization, performance can be reviewed in real-time.  Additionally, the degradation of controls can be monitored. Adaptations made to implement compliance with plans about assurance level, evaluation type and classification of information.

There are two important tools security managers need to monitor and evaluate implemented controls. These are; IT audits and self assessment on controls and they ensure compliance with best practices. The IT auditor is not always responsible for Internal Control Reviews (ICRs). However he or she may have authority to assess the ICR for efficiency and effectiveness. Once a lapse or weakness in the system is detected, immediate corrective action taken by the IT auditor can avoid or potentially reduce the risk.

Security managers are expected to implement self assessment on controls to verify compliance and best practices with laws, regulations, policies and procedures. Ideally, planning annual controls for self assessment strategically is a very good idea for security managers. This approach definitely promotes best practices and compliance. However, a cyclic approach towards implementing controls does not promise concise and transparent audit reports. Though, it will ensure compliance with government regulations and policies.

At least once a year, there are traditional events in business organizations that are dreadful and some are pleasant. However, IT audits are not limited to any specific number of times it times; it can take place periodically during the year. This provides security managers a concise overview of the status of IAP controls through compliance best practices. Those IAP managers that do experience some difficulties in implementing compliance during auditing have probably adopted an adversarial stand. Generally, IT auditors and security managers are misunderstood for their role in implementing compliance with controls.

Data security implementation is a significant aspect of security management with best practices. It provides significant information for domain sustaining reliability. The committees overseeing control activities are therefore expected to continue monitoring effectiveness and responses to recommendations for security of information.

The fact remains that as long as systems installed to ensure security have insufficient protection, data cannot be processed effectively. IT employees must have fundamental knowledge about the operational requirements that ensure compliance with regulations on security for best practices. The professionals must fulfill their duties in order to sustain integrity and confidentiality.

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