Symantec compliance suite offers end-to-end automation

Symantec has announced an update to its Control Compliance Suite 9.0 software aimed at supporting information technology governance, risk and compliance initiatives.

The software is designed to help customers automate key IT compliance processes to reduce the cost of managing compliance, said Jitesh Chanchani, Symantec's director of product management for compliance and security solutions.

Government IT teams have to interpret vaguely written mandates, manage risk and support recurring audits for programs such as the Federal Information Security Management Act and Federal Desktop Core Configuration initiative, Chanchani said.

'What our product does is take an end-to-end look at that process and automate it,' he said. 'So your cost for demonstrating compliance goes down, and you get a much better handle on your assessment of risk.'

People too often work in silos, which results in a lot of duplicated effort, Chanchani said. With the Symantec product, agencies can standardize on one platform and do controlled assessments at one time, driving down the cost of the effort and increasing accuracy.

Most agencies have complex business processes and use an array of products to manage these processes, Chanchani said. The new release is designed to integrate with other business process tools an agency might already be using.

One customer cut the time it needed to prepare for an audit from 12 hours to 15 minutes, Chanchani said. This organization had been using a lot of manual processes, spreadsheets and ad-hoc tools before they adopted the Control Compliance Suite.

Symantec officials announced the release at its annual user conference earlier this month in Las Vegas, and the product will begin shipping in the fall.

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