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.
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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