Automated IT Infrastructure Auditing
The demand for IT infrastructure change auditing and reporting has seen rapid escalation throughout the course of the past decade. Whether proactive or reactive, security-driven or auditor-dictated, the need for efficient and effective change auditing capabilities is one that more and more organizations have come to acknowledge. Consistent changes to regulatory compliance requirements, such as those imposed by SOX, HIPAA, FISMA, GLBA and PCI auditors for example, have created an inherent need for streamlined compliance efforts, and the ever-present threat of dangerous security breaches has continued to play a part in the need for increased IT infrastructure visibility.
IT administrators' preference for auditing IT infrastructure changes
Source: Netwrix market survey
These days, more and more companies are making the switch to automated change auditing solutions that provide the IT infrastructure visibility and mechanized audit trail that both their IT departments and compliance auditors are in need of.
In fact, a recent market survey conducted by Netwrix indicates that 67 percent of IT administrators not currently auditing IT infrastructure changes with an automated auditing solution would prefer to begin doing so.
The fact is, significant changes that can have serious impacts on any given IT environment occur every day. Whether someone has made even a simple change to group memberships, Group Policy Objects, domain trusts, FSMO roles or any other type of object, they can quickly leave an entire organization at risk for security breaches or failed audits. Most organizations don't have the time, resources, or desire to monitor these IT infrastructure changes with native Windows auditing or homegrown tools which often lack necessary functionality anyway.
That is why many organizations have already begun automating IT infrastructure change auditing with third-party solutions; whether the need is a reaction to the demands of a compliance auditor, or a proactive effort to prevent unauthorized changes that might otherwise leave an organization at risk for harmful attacks, more and more companies have turned to third-party auditing solutions to ensure security, compliance and peace of mind.
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