Compliance to prove challenge for firms

IT managers have to pay more attention to issues such as compliance, a senior executive at McAfee has warned.

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By  Administrator Published  January 25, 2007

IT managers have to pay more attention to issues such as compliance, a senior executive at McAfee has warned.

In an exclusive interview with IT Weekly this week, Martin Carmichael, vice president and chief security officer at McAfee, said IT managers here in the region will struggle to deal with the introduction of new regulatory standards.

"IT managers are being challenged by compliance constructs and compliance with privacy. They are being challenged with regulatory constraints that are in the Middle East, compliance and regulatory constraints that are in Europe, and those in the US - whether or not they are consistent with one another," Carmichael said.

In Europe and the US, companies increasingly have to deal with legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley, which imposes tighter controls on what information needs to be stored and for how long. Carmichael said IT managers in the region would need to deal with similar regulatory controls.

"We're seeing in the Middle East an emerging regulatory construct that is coming out. It is [modelling] itself to some degree on some of the European constructs that are heavy on the privacy aspects," he added.

Regional IT managers would do well to learn from the "hard knocks" their counterparts in Europe and the US have suffered, Carmichael said, and look at how they can apply similar controls.

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