Sunday, March 3, 2019

Technology changes. Politics have not.

Excerpt from something I wrote many years ago. Thinking about this now because it's in a chapter I'm updating from nine years ago.

An Introduction to Legislation Related to Internal Controls
The global nature of business and technology has [...created standards bodies]. Participation in these standards bodies has been voluntary, with a common goal of promoting global trading for all countries at all levels. Individual countries have gone further to establish governmental controls on the business activities of corporations operating within their boundaries.

The reality is much more complex than this, as national interests, industry concerns, and corporate jockeying create political drivers that motivate the creation and adoption of legislation at all levels. Politics can have a negative connotation, but in this sense, we simply mean the clear understanding that regulations generally benefit or protect a representative group of people. Nations, industries, and companies have concerns about the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. Agreed upon standards and legislation is one method of ensuring concerns are met.

The unfortunate reality is that not all sets of requirements are written equally. Sometimes it's the interests involved. Sometimes it's the people. Self-interests, self-promotion, arrogance, inexperience, lack of help, poor communications. These get in the way of results.