5 Steps to Effective IT Governance

How can you maintain IT compliance while empowering business users to get the job done?


Today’s connected world means that workers can be more collaborative and productive than ever before. But the opportunities presented by increased enterprise mobility, cloud access and other evolving technologies opens the door to risk — keeping IT awake at night with compliance challenges.

In a presentation at Dell World 2014, product expert Jessica Morrison detailed a five-step approach to complying with internal policies and government regulations:

  1. Assess — Determine the current state of your environment
  2. Audit/alert — Track security indicators and user activity
  3. Remediate — Implement preventative controls
  4. Manage — Automate access management and reporting processes
  5. Govern — Align business processes, people and culture with enterprise plans


Morrison highlighted automated, integrated solutions that help eliminate silos of disparate platforms that can create security and auditing gaps. Security solutions for a connected world are designed to protect the entire organization inside and out, as data moves from device to data center to cloud. These solutions minimize the effort and investment required to achieve compliance without getting in the way of user productivity.

As a case in point, Morrison described how the rapidly growing University of Madrid boosted IT efficiency by automating its time-consuming, manual Microsoft® Active Directory® management processes. By implementing a suite of Active Directory management solutions from Quest to automate provisioning, the university was able to establish comprehensive, effective change management and auditing, as well as self-service password changes for end users. Together, the solutions reduced the IT team’s workload, increased productivity by 60 percent and reduced human errors by 35 percent.

Check out the full presentation to find out how you can ease the stress of your next compliance audit — and ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your data.