There’s no getting around it. The only way to satisfy the demands of auditors and demonstrate your organization’s compliance with the regulatory demands under which they are operating is to provide the evidence. Auditors are not inclined to believe your best intentions and if you cannot come up with the goods you will fail the audit. As Paul Simon sang, “Proof is the bottom line for everyone.” This applies to the audit team sitting in the conference room down the hall.
As a DBA you should be aware of the steps required to keep your databases and systems compliant with the regulatory standards to which your company is held. This might encompass a wide range of items related to the security and operation of your systems. You need to create ids following specific guidelines to control access to sensitive data. Backups may need to be performed on a set schedule to ensure the protection of the information contained in your database. There may be parameter settings that need to be enabled to adhere to regularity requirements. Making sure your systems are compliant should be part of your regular responsibilities.
Audits, however, are not an everyday occurrence. For most IT professionals, this is a good thing. While audits can shed light on business practices that need to be improved, they can become nightmares for those responsible for responding to the auditor’s requests.
What Are the Goals of a Compliance Audit?
The auditors who are requesting information have a well-defined purpose behind their queries. There are four basic goals of a compliance audit.
Why Audits Fail
Audits can fail for a variety of reasons. Being aware of the causes of an audit failure can help you be better prepared to make sure your organization receives passing grades.
Producing the Evidence
So now it’s time to face the music. You’ve been called upon to produce compliance reports to satisfy the auditor’s demands. Some DBAs might be overwhelmed at this prospect, but with the right tools, they can easily handle any queries sent their way.
IDERA’s SQL Compliance Manager can be indispensable for assisting your DBAs in generating the evidence to verify your organization’s regulatory compliance. The application addresses compliance in a variety of ways. It enables you to identify where sensitive data exists in your databases so it can be properly protected. SQL Compliance Manager provides compliance templates that can be checked against your system configuration to identify areas that need to be modified.
Improved compliance report generation has been seen as one of the tool’s more important benefits by its users. Over 25 pre-defined compliance reports are available and you can create custom reports that allow for more detailed auditing. It offers a great way for your database team to give the auditors the proof they demand which hopefully results in a passing score on your next audit.