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Separating fact from fiction: Security technologies for regulatory compliance

Diana Kelley, Burton Group analyst, presented this session at Information Security Decisions Fall 2005.


Many products tout "out-of-the-box" compliance capabilities for Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and other regulations.

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SIM and ESM products, for instance, have introduced "snap-in" software modules designed to flag exceptions to security-oriented policy rules for various regulations. Vulnerability and configuration management products can be used to audit for the presence of security-related controls.

While there's no denying that technology can help automate the compliance process, purchasing a single tool that comes pre-configured for corporate compliance is not realistic. In this session, Burton Group analyst Diana Kelley explores what companies need to think about when creating policies for compliance and discusses selection criteria for some of the key technologies that aid in the process, such as documentation management, auditing and SIM tools. She also tackles the effectiveness of compliance "dashboards."

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This was first published in October 2005

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