With the number of security threats on the rise, the management of IT compliance is growing in importance. These security threats include risks that expose network resources. Network administrators are responsible for the management of network security, as well as network compliance measures. For those companies in a regulated industry, such as health care of financial services, IT compliance extends beyond basic data security to include regulations that govern IT infrastructure as well. Network compliance refers to the management of security measures that protect IT infrastructure.
One such example is SOX compliance. The Sarbanes-Oxley policy, known simply as SOX, protects shareholders and the public from accounting errors, fraudulent practices within a business, and exist to better the accuracy of corporate disclosures. The purpose of SOX compliance is to ensure that companies manage internal controls. In terms of network compliance, SOX compliance refers to policies regarding where data is stored, establishing access controls, and the proper, error-free installation of backup procedures. SOX compliance also requires companies to maintain financial records for seven years. In particular, it is required for US company boards, management personnel, and accounting firms.