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December 2004

Sox effects: The end of infosecurity as we know it?

Around this time every year, I ponder what security practitioners will mark as the significant events, issues and problems of the previous 12 months. As tempting as it is to say that 2004 was the "Year of the Worm," again, or another year that PKI didn't make the grade, I believe that 2004 will go down as the beginning of the end of infosecurity as we know it, and it's all because of Sarbanes-Oxley. I'm among those who believe that security will meld into the fabric of IT, becoming little more than a checklist item in large IT infrastructures and applications. Converging technologies are making this happen, as well as the practical benefits of having network, application and desktop people responsible for managing security in their own domains. What's left for the security pros is risk management. The information security officer, CISO and those who hold the CISSP will be charged with identifying IT risks to the business, and developing and implementing strategies to reduce risk exposure. The transition from an operational, ...

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