Software To The Rescue For SOX And HIPAA - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Feature
News
10/20/2006
10:30 AM
50%
50%

Software To The Rescue For SOX And HIPAA

Still, technology is no substitute for knowledge when it comes to keeping in compliance with government regulations.

Pressure to get in line with government regulations is fueling a slew of new and enhanced compliance offerings from tech companies.

IPLocks this month released Database Security and Compliance Solution v6.0, an upgrade that includes templates for compliance reports for Sarbanes-Oxley and other regulations. Version 6 also includes features for documenting database system transactions, which are often requested during compliance audits.

IT Pays Back
Companies with the fewest number of regulatory infractions:
>> Spend at least 10% of their IT budget on security
>> Use IT to continuously monitor and analyze systems
>> Frequently conduct internal audits, monitor security
Data: IT Policy Compliance Group
Another vendor, Bioscrypt, last week said it will use fingerprint sensors from Upek for its biometric readers, designed to comply with a federal standard for ID verification. That standard also is the backbone of a regulation requiring agencies to issue all workers an electronic identity card for building access by Oct. 27.

Thornberry Ltd., meanwhile, says it will build Passfaces' user authentication technology into its NDoc information management system, used in the health care industry, to better protect patient data accessed by desktop and laptop users, in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

A survey of more than 1,000 businesses conducted earlier this year by the IT Policy Compliance Group, formed by the Computer Security Institute, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and Symantec, shows that investments in IT security and monitoring help organizations avoid regulatory infractions (see box). Still, tech tools are no substitute for understanding the regulations that govern IT environments, says John Kirkwood, global information security officer for supermarket operator Royal Ahold. "A fool with a tool is still a fool," he says, adding that "regulators aren't buying the complexity argument." If there are issues concerning cost, operation, or implementation of a compliance strategy, Kirkwood says, "you're not doing it right."

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
2020 State of DevOps Report
2020 State of DevOps Report
Download this report today to learn more about the key tools and technologies being utilized, and how organizations deal with the cultural and process changes that DevOps brings. The report also examines the barriers organizations face, as well as the rewards from DevOps including faster application delivery, higher quality products, and quicker recovery from errors in production.
News
How COVID is Changing Technology Futures
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  7/23/2020
Slideshows
10 Ways AI Is Transforming Enterprise Software
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  7/13/2020
Commentary
IT Career Paths You May Not Have Considered
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  6/30/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Special Report: Why Performance Testing is Crucial Today
This special report will help enterprises determine what they should expect from performance testing solutions and how to put them to work most efficiently. Get it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll