IBM Unveils Multiple Compliance Offerings

Apr 06, 2004

IBM has announced new software designed to help organizations that are faced with meeting government and industry regulations by enabling them to automate tasks associated with managing, retaining, and securing business information: Content Management, Lotus Workplace, and Tivoli security management software offerings. All three products are designed to help customers address a variety of regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and financial reporting standards:

IBM Content Management for Message Monitoring and Retention helps manage archival and retention of correspondence subject to government regulations, such as SEC 17a-4 and NASD 3010/3110. Built with the IBM Content Manager portfolio and the Assentor application suite from business partner iLumin Software Services, and with "smart" indexing capabilities and natural language analysis, the solution provides for the surveillance and archiving of inbound, outbound, and internal email messages. The solution scans and analyzes electronic messages by identifying and flagging content for further review.

IBM Lotus Workplace for Business Controls and Reporting is an integrated set of products and services to help companies manage internal controls and data requirements of legislation such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Section 404) of 2002. New enhancements include additional language support for global businesses, enhanced archiving and audit trail capabilities, collaborative capabilities including elearning and presence awareness, and an improved user interface. The tool allows companies to identify, assign, test, and monitor business controls.

IBM Tivoli Security Compliance Manager provides automated security policy compliance audits, in an effort to help organizations identify security vulnerabilities and policy violations. Corporate security policies can be created in the software based on corporate security policy or to help address the requirements imposed by regulations, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or local privacy regulations. Automated scans of servers and PCs check to see if systems comply with policies, then give security officers and compliance auditors information about the security health of their organization.

Lotus Workplace for Business Controls and Reporting Version 2 is available immediately, and is priced at $1150 per user and sold in 100 user packs. IBM Tivoli Security Compliance Manager is planned for availability in May from IBM and business partners. Pricing will be available when the product is released. IBM Content Manager for Message, Monitoring & Retention is available immediately, and is priced individually.