Compliance automation: Earning customer confidence and trust

June 10, 2024
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Tech Insights
Tanya Lyabik
Compliance automation: Earning customer confidence and trust

Consumer trust is more valuable than ever in our hyper-connected world. Data breaches, security lapses, and privacy leaks can break down customer confidence in an instant, leading to brand damage and lost business.

As a result, building and maintaining customer trust has become crucial for all modern businesses. One of the key pillars supporting customer confidence is compliance. Compliance not only ensures that your business operates within legal boundaries but also signifies your commitment to transparency and security.

Here’s how you can earn trust with compliance:

Compliance is not just a box-ticking exercise to appease regulators – it’s a strategic tool for building trust and winning customer confidence.

When customers perceive that your business adheres to regulatory standards and best practices, they are more likely to trust that their data and interests are protected. Conversely, any breaches in compliance erode trust and can have severe repercussions for your company’s reputation and bottom line.

When you entrust a company with your personal information, you expect them to handle it responsibly. A company that prioritises compliance shows that it takes data security seriously. This fosters a sense of security and trust, encouraging customers to stay engaged and loyal.

The numbers speak for themselves. Over 84% of customers are more likely to do business with a company that demonstrates a commitment to compliance. The relationship between compliance and customer experience underscores how compliance directly impacts customer perceptions. Businesses that prioritise compliance not only mitigate risks but also enhance customer experiences, leading to stronger relationships.

Furthermore, customers are increasingly scrutinising companies’ compliance practices before engaging with them. Studies show that 86% of consumers are willing to pay more for products and services from companies they trust, indicating the direct correlation between trust and revenue.

Compliance with regulations like GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, ISO 27001, and SOC 2 isn’t just about following the rules. It’s about demonstrating respect for customer data and privacy.

Building trust through transparent compliance

Developing and adhering to transparent compliance practices is crucial to building long-lasting customer confidence. Transparency involves clear communication of policies, procedures, and security measures. This is a surefire way to instil confidence in your customers regarding how their data is handled and protected.

Several strategies can help companies build trust through transparent compliance:

Educating customers

Providing your customers with information about compliance standards, data protection measures, and privacy policies enhances transparency and fosters trust. You can leverage educational content through blogs, FAQs, and interactive platforms to engage customers and address their concerns.

Demonstrating accountability

To demonstrate your company’s commitment to safeguarding your customers’ interests, it is a good idea to display transparency in your accountability mechanisms, such as incident response procedures and breach notifications. Quick and honest communication during security incidents can also mitigate reputational damage and reinforce trust.

Implementing robust security measures

Investing in robust cybersecurity measures, such as encryption, access controls, and regular security audits, not only ensures compliance but also instils confidence in customers regarding the safety of their data.

Engaging in ethical data practices

Respecting customer privacy rights and adhering to ethical data collection, processing, and storage practices are essential for building trust. Companies should obtain explicit consent for data usage, provide opt-out options, and refrain from engaging in intrusive data practices.

Prioritising user control

Give customers control over their data. Allow them to easily access, download, and even delete their information upon request.

Being open about breaches

If a security breach does occur, be upfront and transparent about it. Inform affected customers quickly, explain what happened, and outline the steps you’re taking to address the issue and prevent future incidents. It’s better to be transparent about a breach and your actions to resolve it than to be shady about it.

Embracing compliance automation

Compliance automation streamlines compliance processes, reduces human error, and ensures consistency in adherence to regulatory requirements. By leveraging automation tools like those offered by Vanta and WeAreBrain, companies can enhance efficiency and transparency in compliance management.

By implementing these strategies, your business can turn compliance into a trust-building advantage. Your customers will appreciate the transparency and respect for their data, leading to stronger relationships and increased loyalty.

Compliance automation with Vanta and WeAreBrain

Vanta, a leading provider of compliance automation solutions, facilitates trust-building compliance practices for businesses. Its innovative platform enables companies to streamline the compliance process, minimise manual effort, and demonstrate adherence to industry standards effortlessly.

The Vanta Trust Center and State of Trust Report offer valuable insights into compliance trends, best practices, and industry benchmarks, empowering businesses to stay ahead of regulatory requirements and build trust with customers proactively.

Vanta Trust Solutions together with WeAreBrain’s vCISO (Virtual Chief Information Security Officer) services deliver customised governance automation and compliance support. By automating tasks such as security assessments, policy management, and audit preparation, your business is provided with cost-effective and scalable compliance solutions tailored to your needs.

The synergistic approach of compliance automation and business intelligence solutions accelerates your path to meeting compliance standards by streamlining your entire process from start to finish. This enables your organisation to focus on delivering value to your customers while ensuring data security and regulatory compliance.

Trust is earned

Compliance is no longer just about adhering to regulations. It’s a strategic tool for building trust and winning customer confidence in the digital age. Building trust through compliance is a win-win proposition. Customers feel secure knowing their data is protected, and companies benefit from increased customer loyalty and a positive brand reputation.

WeAreBrain x Vanta

As the Managed Services Provider (MSP) for Vanta in the Benelux region, WeAreBrain is committed to empowering tech companies with comprehensive risk management solutions, facilitating growth, and fostering customer trust in the digital age.

Through a synergistic partnership, WeAreBrain and Vanta are paving the way for a secure and prosperous future for tech companies in the Benelux and beyond.

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Our vCISO automation delivers scalability and flexibility to empower businesses to adapt to evolving security and compliance challenges. It is designed to enable real-time threat detection, rapid response to security incidents, and continuous network activity monitoring to minimise the risk of data breaches and cyberattacks.

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Tanya Lyabik

COO & Project Lead at WeAreBrain, envisioning and enabling operational excellence in teams and organisations.

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