IAC gives agencies manual on IT security compliance

Federal agencies struggling with the cloverleaf of information security requirements can use a new handbook from the Industry Advisory Council as a road map.

IAC, a Fairfax, Va.-based public-private interest group, has released the Federal Regulatory Compliance Guide and Matrix, a compilation of several government requirements for information security and assessment standards.

The guide is intended to be a reference for federal guidelines such as the Federal Information Security Management Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, according to IAC. Later versions of the guide may include the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the National Industrial Security Program Operations manual.

'This is sort of Cliff Notes for complying with regulations that are in play here,' said Mary Ellen Condon, chairwoman of IAC's Information Security and Privacy Shared Interest Group. Condon said the guidebook can act as a 'starting point' for agencies that are struggling to comply with FISMA and other regulations.

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