Working closely with IT security admins, I sense that almost everyone wants to ensure confidentiality, integrity and security. But why? More and more organizations are realizing that they are vulnerable to disruption in security operations and confidential information breaches. Of course, not to miss out on the ever-growing task of managing compliance!!

But certain times, compliance is seen just as another specification to consider. It’s like saying my primary job at work is just to be present. Feels a little exaggerated? That’s ok, as long as you understand that there’s more to it. Irrespective of the size of the organization, managing compliance is critical across various industries ranging from healthcare, financial services government and so on. Being in line with IT compliance regulations such as PCI DSS, GLBA, SOX, NERC CIP, and HIPAA require businesses to protect, track, and control access to and usage of sensitive information.

Alright, so this is how it looks. Say, you want to ensure SOX compliance, then your internal audit committee needs readily available log information on certain sections. SOX Sections 302, 404, and 409 require monitoring and logging of network, account, user and database activities. Now, if you need to be PCI DSS compliant, it means that your systems are deemed secure by a third party, and customers can trust you with their sensitive payment card information. The PCI DSS contains 12 requirements grouped into six areas: build and maintain a secure network, protect cardholders, maintain a vulnerability management program, implement strong access control measures, monitor and test networks, and maintain an information security policy.

Similarly, the core of HIPAA compliance is to ensure protection of patient and employee data, while giving access to the right persons at the right times to do their day-to-day tasks.  Failure to comply with new regulations carries serious consequences for healthcare providers, including criminal sanctions, civil sanctions, financial fines and even possible prison sentences. The guidelines on violations include up to $1.5 million in penalties for breaches.

So, does it mean your source of threats are completely internal? Well, internal threats are just one side of the coin. You have to guard against external threats as well. For instance, databases are increasingly becoming targets for hackers which has resulted in information security compliance management becoming one of the most important drivers for security investments. You need to have visibility and protection over security & compliance, and protection of your data. To ensure this, you need to collect and consolidate log data across the IT environment and correlate events from multiple devices in real-time.

With the help of event logs, a typical Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tool will help you monitor the activities from different applications or devices for internal & external threats and assist in fraud detection. But vulnerability still exists.


For more comprehensive SIEM capabilities, you should check out SolarWinds Log and Event Manager (LEM). It combines real-time log analysis, event correlation, and a groundbreaking approach to IT search to deliver the visibility, security, and control you need to overcome everyday compliance challenges.