Compliance as a Service

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Getting compliance right is worth the price.

It seems like everything comes as a service these days. The most well known of these is likely SaaS, or Software as a Service, of which there are hundreds of thousands of variants these days when you include everything from Microsoft 365 to monthly game and app subscriptions. It’s not like there isn’t good reason; the model is generally flexible enough to let organizations scale their use of a service as needed, provides predictable ongoing costs, and has plenty of other benefits.

Given the success of the SaaS model, it was inevitable that other areas of technology would follow suit, with the proliferation of HaaS (Hardware), DaaS (Desktops), and others. This week, let’s take a quick look at one of the lesser known variations, CaaS.

What is CaaS?

Compliance as a Service, or CaaS, is pretty much like all the other service options; the service provider charges you a recurring fee (typically monthly or annually) to ensure your business meets the current minimum standards as laid out by various legislations and regulators. It’s that word “current” that reveals the real value of Compliance as a Service though, because despite the notoriously slow nature of bureaucratic change, technological standards have to evolve quickly to meet new and changing technical threats. Standards and legislation have no choice but to keep pace with the rate of technical change, and that means there’s real value in knowing new and fast-changing requirements will be implemented promptly, properly, and efficiently,

Variations of Compliance as a Service.

When you do find yourself in the market for compliance services, make sure you know what you’re getting. There’re generally two kinds of compliance:  Process & Policy (P&P), and Technical. P&P compliance focuses on ensuring your business’s official processes and documents like Acceptable Use and Password Policies meet regulatory standards. Technical compliance, on the other hand, is all about making sure you’ve got the proper software configurations, security and safety measures, firewall settings, and accessibility options to meet the relevant standards of your profession (such as PIPA/PIPEDA for clinics, or PCI-DSS for business that take credit payments, for example). One is about making sure your employees use minimum-length passwords with special characters and upper/lowercase letters, while the other is about making sure those requirements are enforced by your software and network.

If you’re in the market for compliance services, our team of experts will be happy to walk you through our Technical Compliance as a Service offerings, and can provide P&P compliance options as well, so feel free to contact us today and get some stress-free IT.




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