IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Jun 12 2009   6:36PM GMT

Application Protection – Part I

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

Legacy law or regulation replacement is a common occurrence within most governments when circumstances appear to discredit legal mandate enforcement. However, the U.S. Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002 does not supersede the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) of 1977. In fact, though tagged legacy enterprise governance legislation by some officials, the FCPA has thrived as the basis for enactment of various internationally recognized legal edicts addressing internal accounting controls that indirectly impact information security management requirements.

Contextually, the FCPA applies to U.S. publicly held companies and was adopted in the 1990s by the Organization of American States (OAS), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Council of Europe (COE). Concerning international relevance, the FCPA is a frame of reference for most current IT financial application security best practices. Specifically, details demonstrating this law’s influence are well documented in IT financial application assurance and internal accounting control literature.

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