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The Absolute Worst-Case Scenarios That Can Result From Non-Compliance

As we mentioned in our last blog, regulatory compliance is not a topic to be brushed aside. Non-compliance can result in some serious consequences, including:

Losing All of Your Clients

This may sound a bit extreme, but it’s possible in the absolute worst-case scenario. When you don’t take regulatory compliance seriously, your clients get worried. They are trusting you with their personal information, such as their credit card or health information. Imagine it yourself. How would you feel if your credit card information wasn’t protected up to government standards?

When a business is non-compliant, it can destroy their reputation. And, as all businessmen and women know, your company’s reputation is essential for its survival. The trust and confidence that your clients have can be a direct effect on your enterprise’s bottom line. Non-compliance can absolutely destroy that.

Losing (Almost) All of Your Money

Non-compliance comes at a price. Violation fines can get very expensive. For example, violating SOX compliance can result in a fine of more than $10 million. $10 million. That’s an extraordinary amount of money that could easily have been saved otherwise.

With a trusted partner like Cognoscape, we’ll make sure that you never fall into that danger zone. We know how hard you’ve worked for your success, so it would be completely devastating if it all can crashing down due to something as preventable as non-compliance.

Jail Time

In the worst case scenario, non-compliance can also result in jail time. SOX compliance violations can actually amount to up to 30 years in jail. This is not only the most devastating way to ruin you and your business’ reputation, but it could also put you out of business, permanently.

Avoid Non-Compliance with Cognoscape

Cognoscape will make sure that none of your IT equipment or IT practices are ever in violation of the law. Our experts are always staying up-to-date on the latest changes and requirements, and we promise to always relay that information back to you and make the necessary changes. We’ll help you keep all your clients, your business success, and, most importantly, keep you out of jail. Give us a call.

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A Reminder On Why Regulatory Compliance Is So Important

Regulatory compliance isn’t a matter to brush off lightly. These laws and requirements are put in place to not only protect your business, but also your customers. As a quick reminder, three of the main players in regulatory compliance are:

HIPAA – HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act. This act, established in 1996, affects organizations that handle health information (PHI) or personal health records (PHR). Such organizations include clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, psychologists, dentists, and pharmacies. These regulations protect the rights of patient authorization and who can view personal health information.

SOX – The Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act is a US federal law that was established in 2002 in response to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals. Some of the organizations involved in these scandals were Enron, Tyco International, and WorldCom. This law addresses how to handle corporate governance, auditing, and financial reporting so that those scandals never happen again.

PCI – The payment card industry (PCI) is established to protect our card information. Credit card companies such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover abide by a set of data security standards (PCI DSS) that aim to reduce payment card fraud and theft.

What Happens If You Ignore Regulatory Compliance Regulations

As you can tell, regulatory compliance requirements protect very important and sensitive data. Failing to follow the rules and regulations set out can result in some very severe punishments, such as large fines and even jail time. For example, failure to adhere to SOX Compliance can result in a fine of more than $10 million and 30 years in jail.

Falling out of regulatory compliance will also damage your enterprise’s reputation and cause your clients to lose faith in you. The accounting scandals of 2002 caused the whole nation to lose trust in accounting and reporting practices. Also, let’s look at PCI compliance. If your personal credit card and financial information wasn’t protected and was left at the risk of being stolen, used, and manipulated, would you really continue to trust your information with its current protector?

The answer is no. It’s not easy to entrust your classified data and personal property to someone new. Regulatory compliance standards, however, give users the comfort and confidence to do just that.

Allowing Cognoscape to properly maintain and uphold your compliance will ensure security on all ends. We are always keeping up with the laws and staying up to date on any changes that occur.

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Our Spring eBook was Created for You to Understand Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory compliance for a company will ensure adherence to various state and federal laws, standards, procedures, and industry-specific requirements relevant to their success. Failure to comply to regulatory compliance will subject the company to legal punishments and federal fines.

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Three Most Important Facts About Regulatory Compliance

When it comes to regulatory compliance, even the most enthusiastic managers can quickly get bored. It’s not hard to see why—regulatory compliance can be a long and frustrating process if you are trying to stay compliant without any professional help. Because regulatory compliance is so complex, it can be difficult to understand some of the legal concepts behind the process. That’s why we’ve broken down the three most important facts, so that you can easily know what’s vital to your business without having to pore over dozens of policy documents or looking through legalese.

  1. You Need Physical and Digital Security Policies

Sure, digital security policies get all of the press. And they are absolutely critical to your company’s regulatory compliance, as well as your long term success. But you need physical security policies too. You need to specific which employees are allowed physical access to particular facilities. This includes guests and vendors too—you have to be able to know who is able to access server rooms and other rooms that house critical IT infrastructure. These policies breed accountability. In order to uphold these physical security policies, you can use key codes, badges, or other ways to regulate access.

  1. Compliance Issues Must Be Relayed To Employees

Because regulatory compliance issues are so complex, it can be difficult to make them seem relevant and purposeful to employees. But if your regulatory compliance efforts are to succeed, you must let your employees know the importance of compliance and train them to make sure that they are up to date. The best way to do this isn’t to throw complex legalese at them, but to use simpler terms. Compliance isn’t always black and white, there are always grey areas, and your employees need to know what is expected of them when they encounter a grey area.

  1. There Are Hidden Benefits To Compliance

Often, it is assumed that there are no benefits to regulatory compliance other than avoiding fines and penalties. That isn’t true. There are hidden benefits to compliance that your business can take advantage of. Compliant businesses are more up to date on industry trends, and generally have more streamlined employee processes, where employees know what the appropriate decisions are. Compliance can improve standardization across your business, which can ultimately result in greater efficiency as well. Businesses that are compliant tend to have greater transparency, with workers at all levels—from the top down—more aware of what is expected of them.