ACSF + Lift: Mitigating Risk Through Multisite Governance and Compliance
This is part two of a four part series on Acquia Cloud Site Factory and Acquia Lift.
For any organization, governance can be a challenge. Sometimes it comes down to a choice between IT governance and brand governance. Who gets the priority? Is it more important to have control over workflow and permissions for each site you spin up, or is it more important to have the right branding, identity, and content? The pairing of Acquia Cloud Site Factory and Acquia Lift eliminates the need to choose between the two.
Different technologies have varying levels and features of security. Each content management system will require different bug fixes, security scans, or updates, making it challenging to minimize risk across the board, and thus leaving your organization vulnerable. However, Acquia Cloud Site Factory mitigates the risk associated with this lack of consistency by providing a secure, governed codebase, the foundation of multisite governance. This codebase gives you control over the uniformity and repeatability of the code including the modules and themes your sites use. Dashboards provide visibility into each site under management and who has permission to update and change them. Additionally, specific user roles and permissions can be defined across the digital business organization, enabling better workflows and more control over sites.
The Importance of Governance
Governance becomes particularly important for global brands. The larger the brand, the more likely they will have to work with auditors to prove that all of the sites within their organization are governed, compliant, and secure. Once your site architecture is governed and secure, it’s time to shift focus to what content lives within the site. Are your terms and conditions up-to-date across all of your web properties? Do you have consistent core content in common sections like “About Us”? This is where Acquia Lift comes in.
Let’s take a look at an industry where having the correct, updated content is a matter of great importance: financial services. In highly regulated industries such as banking, wealth management, insurance and so on, it’s not enough to just post the appropriate legal documentation to your site; the documentation absolutely needs to be maintained and updated across all of an organization’s sites and digital properties to ensure compliance. Even though failure to do so could have major legal implications and significant cost, in the past there was no other option than to update content manually from site to site. When your content updating process is made up of copying and pasting, individual uploading and the endless search for the most current version of an asset, there is too much room for human error.
With Acquia Lift, because all content is centrally located and then distributed out to the network, you can create one updated piece of content and syndicate it broadly. If additional changes need to be made at a later time, you can make those changes in the original content source, and then distribute that content out again to all sites that are subscribed to that particular content. This ensures that all content is not only updated, but also consistent across sites, thus mitigating the risk associated with out-of-date content.