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Compliance: it’s a word that often elicits groans and sighs. Meeting rigorous standards can strain a smaller team and tight budgets. But what if we looked at compliance from a different angle and saw it as an opportunity? When your organization demonstrates a strong commitment to data security, it not only makes you more secure, it builds trust with customers and sets you apart from competitors. In this post, we’ll provide some insights on how to make compliance work in your favor.

Challenges of Compliance for Small IT Teams

Complex regulations can create heavy burdens for small IT teams. Demonstrating adherence strains resources, as staff juggle many responsibilities, outsourcing audits is costly, and managing various tools complicates the process. Some small business leaders lack awareness of compliance needs, and IT teams may struggle to justify costs. In other cases, compliance is treated as an annual check-box rather than a continuous process. But it doesn’t have to be this way…

Adopting Security Frameworks

Aligning with standards like NIST, HIPAA, and PCI DSS not only helps reduce risk but also provides a roadmap for continuous compliance monitoring. By implementing automated tools and processes to track compliance against these frameworks, you can catch potential issues early and avoid costly remediation efforts later.

Moreover, being able to demonstrate compliance with these frameworks can give organizations a competitive advantage. By tying compliance initiatives to business objectives and communicating the value to stakeholders, IT teams can secure the resources and support needed to make compliance a priority.

Compliance guides and frameworks can provide detailed guidance on compliance requirements and best practices, helping teams build a strong foundation for their compliance efforts:

NIST Cybersecurity Framework

HIPAA Compliance Guide

PCI DSS Compliance Guide

Communicating the Value of Compliance to Stakeholders

One of the biggest challenges small IT teams face is securing buy-in and support from business leaders and other stakeholders. Here are some tips to help you communicate the value of compliance:

Use Data to Make Your Case:

  • Present data on the impact of non-compliance (e.g., data breach costs, customer trust)
  • Create a compelling narrative around compliance’s importance

Highlight Proactive Benefits:

  • Investing in compliance upfront saves time and money
  • Share examples of successful proactive compliance measures

Tie Compliance to Business Initiatives:

  • Show how compliance supports key business goals (e.g., market expansion)
  • Emphasize compliance as a critical success factor

Celebrate Successes & Share Lessons Learned:

  • When achieving compliance milestones or passing audits, communicate these wins to stakeholders
  • Highlight the organization’s commitment to compliance
  • Share insights gained during the compliance process
  • Discuss best practices that can benefit other areas of the business

Compliance is not just an IT issue – it’s a business issue that requires ongoing collaboration and communication across the organization.

Blumira’s Approach to Compliance

Blumira understands the challenges small IT teams face when it comes to compliance. Blumira SIEM + XDR platform satisfies many different compliance standards via logging, auditing, reporting, threat detection, and more, including CMMC, NIST 800-171, NIST 800-53, HIPAA, and FFIEC compliance regulations.

Blumira is also certified Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant by a third-party auditor, ensuring that its service maps to PCI DSS requirements for customers. 

Additionally, Blumira has undergone a rigorous independent audit conducted by ByteChek Assurance to complete a SOC 2 (Service Organization Control) examination, which verifies that Blumira’s security protocols and use of data meet strict data security requirements established by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA).

By leveraging the Blumira platform, small IT teams can streamline their compliance efforts and focus on turning compliance into a competitive advantage. Blumira cloud-delivered updates ensure that organizations are always detecting and alerting on the most important issues, while its high-availability platform maintains 99.99% uptime. Moreover, our team of leaders in defensive and managed security brings deep expertise to the table, including Amanda Berlin, Matt Warner, and more.

Transforming Compliance: From Cost Center to Revenue Driver

With the right approach, compliance can evolve from cost center to revenue opportunity. Small IT teams implementing formal frameworks position themselves as security authorities. This reduces objections and creates recurring revenue through premium offerings. To get started, try Blumira free today, no sales touch required.

Additional Resources

Compliance blogs and articles:

CSO Online Compliance

Compliance Week

Dark Reading Compliance

Compliance webinars and training:

ISACA Webinars

SANS Institute Compliance Training

Compliance Junction Webinars

Compliance templates and tools:

NIST Cybersecurity Framework Excel Template

HIPAA Compliance Checklist

PCI DSS Self-Assessment Questionnaire 

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