Government and Industry Regulations Have an Impact on IT, IDC Says

Business leaders have been hit from many different directions with new regulations, which has presented or will present a multitude of opportunities for IT professionals as they assist with compliance initiatives, according to a new study published by IDC.


The 10 regulations IDC profiled were selected based on their overall impact, opportunities for the IT industry, level of hype or all of these. Here they are, in no particular order:



  • Container Security Initiative (CSI): A program initiated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security, CSI is designed to enhance security for cargo shipped to the United States in containers.
  • Do-Not-Call Registry: This is the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s national list to curb unsolicited telemarketing.
  • HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act): Disseminated by the Department of Health and Human Services, HIPAA is a set of national standards that pertain largely to privacy and security for health records.
  • No Child Left Behind (NCBL): A bill that deals with elementary education, NCBL requires annual assessments of students’ progress in math and reading.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley: The result of Enron, Adelphia and a few other recent corporate scandals, SOX was passed to establish more thorough standards for corporate financial record-keeping.
  • SEC rule 17a-3 & 4: This is similar to SOX, but specifically relates to brokers and dealers in stocks, bonds, etc.
  • Title 21 CFR Part 11: This instituted standards for electronic signatures and record-keeping for all…

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