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IBM unveils compliance tool service

IBM Global Services has launched a service aimed at helping corporations comply with privacy regulations related to the collection and use of personal information on their websites.

The company will deliver the service in collaboration with security software company Watchfire, which has been selling compliance management software as a part of a wider web quality assurance product for several years.

IBM will use the Watchfire technology to deliver a subscription-based managed compliance monitoring service.

The service will use Watchfire's software to monitor web sites for things such as data collection and sharing practices, opt-in and opt-out choices, broken links, missing privacy policies, third-party linking and the use of tracking technologies, said John Burg, a privacy services manager at IBM.

The company also sells compliance technology called Tivoli Privacy Manager, which monitors and enforces privacy policies at the application and transaction level. Watchfire's technology adds a web monitoring capability.

A company with a website that has about 10,000 pages can expect to pay $40,000 in initial assessment and validation costs and then a monthly fee of up to $15,000 for IBM's compliance service.

Meanwhile, Consul Risk Management has rolled out software designed to help companies monitor compliance with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

The offering is a module for Consul's InSight Security Manager 5.0 suite of security event management and auditing software. It allows companies to monitor and audit user access to data across a wide range of operating environments, said Marc vanZadelhoff, director of product development at Consul.

The starting price for Consul's Sarbanes-Oxley module is $40,000.

Jaikumar Vijayan writes for Computerworld


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