Beta Announcement - Solution Accelerators for Compliance Management

Beta Announcement - Solution Accelerators for Compliance Management

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It has been too long since I posted about the latest Solution Accelerators from my favorite team at Microsoft (er… the Solution Accelerator team).  I have a couple of posts queued up in my head that I’ll write as soon as I have the time.

In any case, this announcement is time-sensitive, so I wanted to get it up here.  The Solution Accelerator for Compliance Management will be released in a few weeks, and they are seeking feedback.  If you are involved in projects around compliance with any of the following:

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)

  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • European Union Data Protection Directive (EUDPD)

  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

  • ISO 27002 Code of Practice for Information Security Management

  • COBIT

  • AICPA Generally Accepted Privacy Principles (GAPP)

You have likely noticed that the regulations state what controls (business and technical) must be in place within your business, but that the “how-to” is left to you.  This Solution Accelerator maps the above regulations and standards to the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF), presents technology solutions for compliance and IT control, and walks through an applied example. From the overview:

The Compliance Management Series (a MOF–based expansion of the Regulatory Compliance Planning Guide) provides Standards of Care and simple checklists to help you configure Microsoft products to address Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) requirements.

Standards of Care simplify complex categories such as Asset Management, Compliance Management, and Risk Management, and clarify how to configure Microsoft products quickly and effectively for these categories.

The Series uses Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0 to provide a mechanism for viewing data in a Plan-Deliver-Operate-Manage methodology.

The beta release of the Compliance Management Series is now available and will be open thru September 24, 2008 for your review. To join the beta program for this accelerator, click here

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