Let's examine both sides of the security regulations debate.
By Pat Botz
Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), government regulations passed in 2002 primarily as a response to egregious corporate behavior (a la Enron and others), turned six years old on July 30. Much has been said and written about SOX and its kin (HIPAA, GLBA, PCI DSS, SAS 70, etc.) in those six years as to whether these government regulations and industry standards actually help protect investors and consumers or whether they are merely a costly noose around the neck of U.S. businesses, strangling productivity for no discernable benefit. Now that SOX is six, is it any more obvious as to whether regulations and standards have made a positive difference?