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Why is Metadata Important for IT Compliance?


Enterprises are seeking proactive approaches against potential breaches in their network and prefer passive approaches to detect vulnerabilities. But as technology evolves and become more complex, enterprises face challenges adhering to IT compliance standards. With limited visibility, SecOps can’t perform threat forensics and help their organization maintain compliance.

HIPAA Risks (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

With HIPAA laws becoming more stringent, it is critical that patients’ data not be breached. If breached, it would cost a healthcare company tens of thousands of dollars. NetFlow provides a proactive approach by verifying the cryptographical protocols like SSL and TLS are in place.

SOX Risks (Sarbanes-Oxley Act)

Many investors are working to improve the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures of IT infrastructure. With these disclosures, IT managers require transparency of corporate governance and financial reporting to help with formalizing internal checks and balances. Enriched metadata improves data security by performing predictive analysis on any type of protocol dealing with the infrastructure that handles financial data. When IT infrastructures are breached and organizations lack the visibility to quickly remediate, the CEO would incur significant penalties due to non-compliance with SOX.

PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Security Standard)

Enterprises exchange billions of credit card transactions daily, which means a high risk of unencrypted data that’s vulnerable IoT-based attacks. Businesses need secure, monitored data networks and instant visibility to detect real-time attacks. Metadata allows SecOps to detect brute force attacks on consumers’ information.

GDPR Risks (General Data Protection Regulation)

With the increase of supply and demand through European markets, GDPR compliance requires checks and balances for data processing and point of sale. NetFlow provides a holistic traffic visibility into networks, gives a predictive approach to odd behavior, and detects abnormal activities.

NERC CIP (North America Electric Critical Infrastructure Protection)

To adhere to NERC CIP requirements, organizations must identify, track, and baseline critical assets traversing the network. As regulations for energy companies’ changes, they require flexibility and agility to the evolving vulnerability assessments. Using enriched metadata enables deeper visibility into critical assets through ad-hoc networks. Scrutinizer enables fast reporting and provides excellent forensic details to help in the investigation of an incident or in the preparation of an Indicators of Compromise report.


As enterprises work strategically to adhere to compliance standards, network behavior patterns will advance and solutions are needed to bridge the gap of IT systems with telecom systems. Scrutinizer uses enriched metadata to evaluate network traffic patterns to perform audits, inspects transactions, and help protect personnel information from fraud and misuse within the network. To follow regulatory compliance processes, enterprises must have sound procedures in place to manage metadata. Doubling down, our network and security intelligence platform gives the user a single pane of glass and performs super-fast reporting, which enables security analysts to detect the root cause and mitigate the risk.