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IT non-compliance – avoid the fines

14/11/2011

Ely, England, 14 November 2011 – With more than 70 IT- and information-related laws and statutes currently in force across the UK, the compliance challenge facing the IT Compliance Director is increasingly complex. Breaches of most laws and regulations can lead to fines, or to jail penalties. The Information Commissioner’s power to levy fines of up to £500k has now been extended to cover breaches of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive.

“The first problem facing IT Compliance Directors is a lack of knowledge,” commented the CEO of compliance specialists IT Governance, Alan Calder. “There has been no single, credible source of information which identifies the laws that organisations have to comply with. And once you have identified an applicable law, you still have to find the handful of relevant clauses, find guidance on how to comply, and then select relevant controls and implement them. The second problem is identifying, among the 50 or more new laws and regulations passed each year, which may be relevant to the IT compliance strategy.”

IT Governance has today announced release of the latest update to its innovative IT and ISMS Regulatory Compliance Database. This database lists all the currently identified 71 UK laws and regulations with which organisations may have to comply. For each law, it identifies the relevant clauses and provides links to the precise legal words as well as to best practice implementation guidance. For each clause, there is also a recommended (and customisable) set of best practice security controls. The ISMS Regulatory Compliance Database also contains details of locations, roles and responsibilities and can carry additional user-driven content.    

Recent additions to the database include the Bribery Act, the latest amendment to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive, the Crime and Security Act 2010, and the Electronic Communications and Wireless Regulations 2011. The latest database update is automatically circulated to existing subscribers.

A video tour of the database is also available at www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/3161.

The ISMS Regulatory Compliance Database costs only £395 per annum and can be purchased online at www.itgovernance.co.uk/products/3161, or through the friendly, helpful IT Governance customer service team on telephone number +44 (0)845 070 1750. Larger organisations can make bookings or purchases with a purchase order either by telephone or by email to servicecentre@itgovernance.co.uk.

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