SNMPv3 and Regulatory Compliance – Is Your Management Solution Up to the Task?

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Managing your IT infrastructure is no easy task, especially with evolving threats and regulatory compliance requirements. Is your IT management solution up to the task of helping you ensure regulatory compliance?

Monitoring vital systems is important, but developing a monitoring system that can be fully audited and verified is critical for compliance purposes.  SNMPv3 plays a critical part in helping IT organizations meet certification guidelines set forth by many industry regulatory standards.  SNMP provides administrators with the most stable and widely adopted solution to help with the task. SNMP can leverage built-in authentication methods, adhere to encryption standards, and more importantly provide the invaluable ability to expose vast amounts of data to any verified administrator.

IT Monitoring and Compliance
The Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Sarbanes–Oxley Act (SOX) are three standards that set guidelines involving process verification and thorough auditing.  All three certification standards focus on developing an audit trail to track who viewed data, when they viewed it, and if they had the proper authorization to do so.  Effectively using SNMPv3 can be critical to helping you ensure compliance with FISMA, HIPPA and SOX.

FISMA Requirements
FISMA certification guidelines require IT organizations within the US Federal Government to record and archive every administrative action or change to network devices.  Administrators can utilize the User-based Security Model (USM) within SNMPv3, recording all changes a specific user makes on any managed device.  The change or actions can be forwarded to a SYSLOG server or service where a query or audit report can be generated.  Additionally, FISMA also requires that IT departments utilize the AES256 encryption standard within SNMPv3’s privacy settings.

HIPPA and SOX Requirements
For both HIPPA and Sarbanes Oxley, the usage of SNMPv3 is recommended as a solution for the “High Level Security” mandate outlined in each certification’s guidelines.  Both regulatory guidelines require full audits and action reports related to every access gained and/or denied on all highly secured network devices. 

With these requirements in mind, is your monitoring system able to leverage SNMPv3 to provide an audit trail to help you with compliance issues? If not, consider our NeuralStar solution which has strong and proven SNMPv3 capabilities.

SNMPv3 capabilities within NeuralStar
IT management solutions use and depend on properly deployed SNMPv3 environments as the control mechanism in gaining management access to all enabled devices. 

To be able to profile, classify, and setup default polling options on the initial discovery is extremely valuable to all management operations.  Highly secured network deployments may utilize unique SNMPv3 values for each device or small groups of devices.

NeuralStar, an enterprise class management solution can utilize the full spectrum of SNMPv3’s USM and encryption settings to gain access to related devices during a network discovery. Via NeuralStar’s comprehensive, built-in utilities, administrators can set specific SNMPv3 values on individual devices. NeuralStar also has a highly sought-after feature in its compatibility with any privacy or encryption standards that an IT organization has deployed, including AES256 encryption within SNMPv3.     

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