As organizations create and use growing amounts of data to further business processes, the ability to govern that data and adhere to compliance regulations becomes increasingly important. Highly regulated industries like law are finding it difficult to make the most of the data being collected while still ensuring information security, according to CloudTweaks. However, leveraging a cloud service provider can make it easier for organizations to stay on top of compliance requirements while still benefiting from data collection.

Information security is the number one requirement in any industry's compliance guidelines, and a policy should be put in place to ensure client data is safe. Standardizing processes with a cloud service can allow companies to more easily comply with security requirements. Cloud-based storage solutions also help companies to better understand how and where their data is stored, making it easier to comply with security regulations.

"Much of compliance is about ensuring proper controls over who has access to assets, what level of access they have and how those levels are maintained," explained cloud expert Phil Cox in an interview with TechTarget.

When implementing a cloud-based storage solution, it is important not to let previous compliance standards slip just because standardization makes things easier. Tests should be run to ensure that only the proper people have access to information and data security should be periodically checked to stay on top of changing regulations and standards.

Many companies barely break the surface when it comes to preparing their organization to meet data regulations. The most reliable way to ensure industry compliance is by creating a checklist for maintaining standards, from staying aware of changing requirements to putting encryption techniques in place to protect enterprise information. Policies and rules that are clearly defined simplify the compliance effort while increasing the effectiveness of data governance.