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How Sarbanes-Oxley changed the information security profession
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of December 2007/January 2008
Impact Sarbanes-Oxley empowered information security professionals with the clout they'd sought for so long. Paul Sarbanes and Michael Oxley Like a petulant child at Thanksgiving clamoring for a seat at the lavish candlelit table alongside the adults, information security managers suffered from board envy. How could they get the attention of corporate directors, those who mattered most in companies across America? How could they justify the urgency of their constant clamoring? How could they impress that security was more than a cost center with little tangible return? Nothing had worked through 2001, not even the horrible terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, which did more for redundant data centers and business continuity than it did to spark what many believed would be a revolutionary interest in information security. Nothing worked. Nothing until accounting scandals tore down energy giant Enron, at the time the seventh largest company in the country, and WorldCom, one of the largest telcos in the world. The respective ...
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Information Security magazine turns 10 years old, maturing right alongside the security industry.
The View from Visionaries | Taking the Services-on-Demand Plunge | Warning Signs | Web of Worry | Attack Toolkits | VoIP Vulnerable
Getting the Point | Turning Points | Nefarious Numbers | SOX Appeal | Evolution of a Hacker | Digital Pickpockets | The Toughest Battle: 10 Years, 10 Attacks | We Hardly Knew Ye
Sarbanes-Oxley empowered information security professionals with the clout they'd sought for so long.
A Dynamic Decade | News of the Day | Trustworthy Finally? | Crystal Ball