Published on August 10th, 20090
IT freedoms to be eroded by legislation
Blanket regulation of IT will transform how projects are managed and dramatically dictate the running of IT services.
IT must prepare for heavy regulation and massively heightened levels of security, with an analyst from Gartner predicting that businesses and governments will unite to ensure the success and security of projects.
Richard Hunter, vice president for analyst Gartner says there are mounting signs which point to the likely hood of self-imposed or governmental legislation covering IT products and services. Hunter believes the changes will take place between 2015 and 2018, driven by governments in the US and Europe who now consider the state of IT security to be ‘unacceptably dangerous’. This fear is exacerbated by the increase in and growing sophistication of hacking networks and the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter which are difficult to govern.
“All these events are taking place within a global climate that is shifting towards regulation on many fronts. As a result of the economic crisis, the social environment is considerably less trusting and secure. The public is wary of cascading risks and would seem to be supportive of legislation and litigation aimed at reducing those risks, including those posed by IT,” said Hunter.
The increased threat of liability will drive generic software out of the market, while the remaining suppliers will be to forced to become more transparent in their dealings and certify their products for quality.