Security compliance is a legal concern for organizations in many industries today. Regulatory standards like PCI DSS, HIPAA, and ISO 27001 prescribe recommendations for protecting data and improving info security management in the enterprise. In demonstrating security compliance, enterprises are better able to define and achieve specific IT security goals as well as mitigate the threat of network attacks through processes like vulnerability management. In some cases, such as with HIPAA, failure to achieve and maintain security compliance can result in financial and legal penalties.
At the same time, since each major security standard involves an evolving set of specific requirements, achieving security compliance can be complicated and costly. And in order to gain protection from the liabilities that accompany security breaches, companies are spending large amounts of time and money on regulatory compliance efforts.
In response to an increase in IT security breaches and recent technology trends, industry standards have become more complex—and compliance directives more ambitious. Adding to the difficulty of security compliance is the limited effectiveness of perimeter-based network security tools and the dispersal of security functions and responsibilities resulting from BYOD and the use of cloud services. And with governments increasingly active in mandating protections for sensitive consumer data, enterprises will likely confront increasing audit and security compliance obligations, placing further demands on already over-burdened IT shops.
Many organizations now find it difficult to maintain compliance due to a lack of resources and expertise and would benefit from having a partner in security compliance. At Akamai, we proactively maintain compliance of our SSL network with PCI standards. As the operators of the world's largest content distribution network (CDN), we have deep expertise in security compliance and are able to help our CDN clients meet their own compliance challenges.
Our network, management infrastructure, and associated processes and procedures are consistent with the best practice security requirements of PCI, ISO, BITS, FISMA, and HIPAA. And our customers leveraging the Akamai Intelligent Platform are able to significantly reduce their compliance burden, achieving the following key benefits.
For users of the leading cloud-based content delivery platform, Akamai has developed a variety of innovative solutions ranging from media and delivery services including video transcoding and analytics to web experience solutions like our Dynamic Site Accelerator. With the support of our dedicated InfoSec and CSIRT teams, we are constantly working to make the web a safer place to work, learn and do business.