A new year for governance, risk management and compliance brings a little something for everyone. Healthcare industries get a new tool, acquisitions and collaboration bring continued success, and cloud computing impacts data storage in the UK.

Helping Healthcare Meet Compliance

Those in the healthcare business now have a new tool to help them meet compliance and save money.

HIPAA/RMS is a new web-based 24/7 compliance platform built to meet HIPAA and HITECH Act compliance specifications. Developed by security and privacy experts at Cornichon Healthcare Select in collaboration with My Learning Advantage, Inc. and D&L Innovations, the platform can work to ensure that HIPAA safeguard policies and procedures are in effect and that workforce members comply with them.

Such compliance will hopefully help businesses avoid willful neglect, privacy and security violations, and mitigate potential reputational and financial losses.

2010 May See More GRC Mergers and Acquisitions

Early this week, we covered EMC’s acquisition of Archer Technologies. Archer will complement EMC's RSA Security Division, adding its policy management, risk and compliance software to EMC’s traditional security management software.

Some say this deal proves that GRC is too broad to remain individualistic, and as a result more collaboration will ensue. Mike Vizard of ITBusinessEdge suspects that even as GRC vendors position to be on top, collaboration may be key to success. Vizard says “with more acquisitions, more focus will be put on an area that needs a lot more development in terms of becoming a mature IT sector.”

Let’s see what 2010 brings. 

SaaS and Cloud Computing Impact Storage Use in the UK

According to a study by IDC Research commissioned by Telehouse of over 100 senior IT professionals, UK businesses are influenced by SaaS and cloud computing with 31% saying it drives increased use of data center capacity.

Only 4% of the respondents indicated that governance is driving increased use of data center capacity in their organization, perhaps suggesting that some businesses may not fully grasp the demands that governance has on data.

These survey results should come as good news to Telehouse, a company that offers data center facilities, as well as provides a secure and resilient platform for mission critical IT systems, allowing the UK to support the growing demand of cloud computing and storage.