The amount of data used by today’s businesses has increased exponentially from just five years ago. Corporate scandal, international unrest, and glaring security flaws in computer operating systems and software applications have resulted in a much more intense and detailed analysis of data as it enters and leaves the enterprise. Fortune 500 companies have been vilified in the press for reckless data stewardship, and in some cases of outright fabrication of financial and performance reports. In extreme cases, executives are now lounging in Federal facilities, denying to the bitter end that they had any knowledge of the blatant misrepresentation for which they were held accountable.
The private information stores of several prestigious organizations, some of them very sensitive and personal in nature, have been lost, misplaced, or accessed by hackers the details of the events becoming fodder for an indignant news media.
Corporate America, already under varying degrees of competitive and performance pressure, is now faced with compliance legislation and disclosure requirements that seek to right some of the wrongs done to consumers, investors, and employees alike. The legislation is an analysis of the major pieces of process and data management compliance legislation, with a specific focus on the critical role that data availability plays in all of them. Access and process controls, internal and third party audits, reporting requirements and penalties for non-compliance are just a few of the areas that will be addressed on a per-measure basis.