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  • New regulations will soon swell IT workloads

    Posted November 12, 2008 - 11:44 am

    New regulations stemming from the financial industry meltdown will put IT in the hot seat, much as the post-Enron Sarbanes-Oxley and other such rules did in the early 2000s.
  • Amateurs and pros vie to build new crypto standard

    Posted November 7, 2008 - 9:37 pm

    A contest, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), hopes to find a new cryptographic hash algorithm to replace the SHA-2 (Secure Hash Algorithm - 2) algorithm that NIST published eight years ago. The deadline for SHA-3 submissions was Oct. 31, and NIST hopes to cut the field down to 15 or 20 contestants by next August. That's when the hard work of hammering away at the submissions and knocking loose any flaws will really begin.
  • Election equipment companies boost Election Day tech support

    Posted November 2, 2008 - 3:24 pm

    Voting system manufacturers say they don’t expect major equipment glitches to disrupt voting and vote tallying on Nov. 4. Nonetheless, the leading companies that develop election machinery are boosting their technical support operations – largely from reduced levels – in the run-up to Election Day.
  • Political conventions will be abuzz with wireless data

    Posted August 22, 2008 - 4:15 pm

    Event managers are preparing for a record number of wireless devices at this year's U.S. political party conventions.
  • Republican National Convention venue gets network makeover

    Posted August 13, 2008 - 5:18 pm

    What does it take to convert a hockey arena into a site that can handle the technology demands of the Republican National Convention? Roughly 25 miles of cabling, for starters.
  • How the feds are locking down their networks

    Posted August 12, 2008 - 12:41 pm

    The federal government is locking down its networks through an ambitious and fast-paced effort to eliminate connections to the Internet that are vulnerable to attack.
  • The second age of e-discovery

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 4:23 pm

    E-discovery is a relatively new concept that describes the process by which information is recovered from corporate networks, usually to answer the demands of regulators or the law. It is a subject close to the hearts of CEOs everywhere, given the stringent penalties and resulting brand damage that have been applied to companies unable to provide information on demand.
  • Budget compliance by IBM for SMBs

    Posted March 24, 2006 - 11:29 am

    IBM is targeting budget-strapped SMBs stressed out by regulatory compliance issues with its hosted IBM Workplace for Business Controls and Reporting (WBCR) solution. But it must overcome some customer resistance based on lackluster performance in the past.
  • Users Splash Cash on SOX

    Posted December 12, 2005 - 2:44 pm

    Companies will continue to need lots of compliance help in 2006. AMR Research estimates that companies will spend $6 billion on complying with Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements next year. Internal staff still sucks up the bulk of SOX expenditures, but AMR says that companies are spending a lot of new technology.
  • Compliance for multinationals

    Posted August 25, 2005 - 4:28 pm

    Globalization helped BasWare, a financial management software manufacturer founded in 1985 in Finland, to expand into eight different subsidiaries scattered throughout Europe and the United States. But now that the company is multinational, executives are grappling with how to comply with a growing assortment of regulations covering data privacy, accounting, and financial reporting in each of these locations.
  • The Sarbox assessment

    Posted June 23, 2005 - 1:36 pm

    Now that the first round of filing deadlines for the corporate governance law known as Sarbanes-Oxley have come and gone, companies can rest on their laurels, right? Wrong.
  • Rising to the compliance challenge

    Posted April 21, 2005 - 12:22 pm

    Over the next two years, enterprises are expected to allocate an additional 23 percent of their budgets to IT compliance, according to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey of business executives. For CIOs, this new regulatory landscape means implementing changes in people, processes, and technology to ensure IT controls are operating in compliance with internal policies and regulatory mandates.
  • Opportunity knocks: Healthcare and regulations

    Posted March 25, 2005 - 10:45 am

    With the final HIPAA compliance deadline set for spring 2005, organizations in the healthcare industry have been working to come up with solutions to secure their electronic data. On top of that, many healthcare organizations have also been grappling with the accountability requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. This article looks at what lies ahead for the healthcare industry this year, and at some important security strategies and technologies that are being adopted.
  • Compliance requirements put the bite on small businesses

    Posted March 21, 2005 - 12:20 pm

    Small businesses that must comply with data-related regulations such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley are turning to consulting firms to help them deal with the security, privacy, storage and other associated IT issues.
  • The Sarb-Ox Shift

    Posted February 1, 2005 - 2:19 pm

    The changing regulatory environment has raised the CIO's profile, but it hasn't necessarily made the role more important. In fact, some feel that the CIO's regulatory role is more supporting than leading.
  • Threat report review: Healthcare

    Posted November 16, 2004 - 10:46 am

    A new report highlights areas where healthcare organizations must be more vigilant in thwarting worms, viruses, and other malicious code.
  • BPL: Is it worth it?

    Posted November 15, 2004 - 5:54 pm

    New regulation makes broadband over power lines (BPL) a real possibility. But for power companies in position to offer the service, challenges come with opportunities.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley: Where do you stand?

    Posted November 15, 2004 - 5:17 pm

    Many companies see their systems as under par. But the threat of jail time for senior executives should push Sarbox to a higher priority.
  • E-Business Compliance: Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

    Posted October 27, 2004 - 4:26 pm

    The idea of starting a business today is daunting, not just because of the competitive landscape and bumpy economy, but because of regulation. That's not to say that regulation is necessarily bad, it's just confusing, and it's often hard to tell who needs to comply, what you need to comply with, and how you need to do it. Some regulations just get bogged down in paperwork, get filled with loopholes as part of the legislative process, or lack teeth.
  • New tape storage could cure privacy ills

    Posted October 19, 2004 - 8:43 am

    Quantum Corp. believes that its new DLTIce digital linear tape drives can help healthcare companies meet HIPAA requirements set for April.
  • Digital health records move closer to reality

    Posted October 11, 2004 - 2:55 pm

    A new service from REDmedic Inc. lets healthcare customers put basic health information online for their medical professionals. The company hopes to expand to include use by hospital staff to include their own patients
  • How CIOs Should Prepare for Sarbanes-Oxley

    Posted June 29, 2004 - 11:51 am

    Follow Gartner Group's four-phase approach to meet compliance requirements.
  • New Sarbanes-Oxley deadlines give big firms a break

    Posted June 29, 2004 - 10:03 am

    Mark your calendars. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pushed back deadlines for compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. A public company with market capitalization over $75 million and on an accelerated (2004) filing deadline now has until the date of its first annual report, after 15 November 2004, to comply with the requirement to identify and test internal financial controls. Any other publicly traded company must comply with Section 404 by the date of its first annual report, after 15 April 2005.
  • CIOs critical of auditors' meddling

    Posted December 8, 2003 - 12:29 pm

    Some of the auditing staff sent in to check compliance of IT departments with corporate governance and regulatory standards frequently know little about IT, less about infrastructure and are gouging stretched budgets to deliver for a substandard result, according to a growing number senior IT professionals.
  • The check's in the mail

    Posted November 28, 2003 - 11:00 pm

    Storage of all electronic records -- including e-mails and instant messages -- is indeed a challenge, but financial firms must also be able to access the material in the event of an investigation. A hard lesson lesson learned recently by a financial services firms is that backup is not retention.
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