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Do the words, “It’s audit time!” make your stomach sink? If so, you’re not alone. Assisting with evidence collection for compliance audits around PCI DSS, SOC-2, ISO 27001, NIST and HITRUST is a drain on DevOps teams’ time and resources at companies of all types and sizes – time and resources that could be better spent driving innovation.

The good news is, vendors have taken notice, and are delivering new tools and platforms that use automation to eliminate repetitive manual tasks and dramatically speed the audit process. This is entirely in line with the DevOps philosophy of tackling various IT tasks and requirements “as code” to remove tedium and improve efficiency and orchestration. In fact, as this movement to improve the compliance process picks up steam, I believe it’s entirely likely the next evolution is the use of open APIs and online communities where engineers can build and share software to automate a wide variety of evidence collection for compliance.

But before we can get there, let’s understand where we are today and assess new opportunities going forward.

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