What do Nigerian Governmental Agencies need to do in order to ensure Security Compliance?

Endpoints are the key to enforcing corporate and regulatory compliance in any organization. The more complex and distributed networks grow, the struggle to implement compliance across each remote workstation is augmented.

Compliance standards in any organization are a fundamental sign as to whether it will have success or fail. Maintaining defined corporate policies and complying with up to date regulatory compliance will protect core organizational assets and secrets and keep users and citizens information safe. This in turn will promote a high level of confidence and trust by the citizens of their government.

The core principal surrounding information security is to protect information from diverse threats. Government entities are duty-bound to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive information vital to the security of their user-citizens to ensure continuity, minimize damage and maximize service availability. 

The best way to structure this process would be to start by bringing the employees on board. Stressing the importance of continuously maintaining compliance rules (both organizational and regulatory policy) and demonstrate the long term benefits that compliance has to the success and safety of the organization. I can forewarn that the complex and costly nature of time and resources spent adapting your organization to maintaining this high standard of compliance is overwhelming, but you will be rewarded when you see that the organization is well functioning and offers a stable service to it’s citizens.

When harnessing the right technology and approach, implementing and maintaining compliance can be simple and produce the right results during regular audits and eliminate the risk of serious threats to the agencies internal network.

Another smart way to gain a higher level of results would be for Nigerian businesses and Government agencies to implement strong internal policies. A healthy internal policy procedure and a careful choice of security products would support organizations to maintain regularly timed automated checks to provide assurances in the run up to auditing. Such a policy would also support successful regulatory compliance as a secondary benefit to their specific government agency requirements. This would provide agencies with the ability to report on a regular basis, monitor employees and critically discern behavior patterns to stop malicious and noncompliant actions in their tracks, and halt them before they inflict disaster.

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