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There's a few very popular regulations, HIPAA, SOX, PCI-DSS, PII, ITAR, GLBA.

Can anyone explain what are their exact security implications? Exactly what type of implementations would my organization has to do in order to be compliant?

In this question, I don't care about keeping data preserved (backups, etc), just interested in the security side of things.

Are these regulations requiring firewalls? pen-tests? encryption? all of the above? something else?

A summary would be very informative. It would take a long time for me to read the details and get the specifics on my own.

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It looks like a very broad question and require a very big answer in order to list all security implications for all these regulations and standards –  Chris Andrè Dale Jul 12 '12 at 10:50
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Just so we're 100% clear, Roy, you work for a US publicly traded company operating simultaneously as a bank, arms dealer, and healthcare provider, but you don't have a corporate governance team telling you what your regulatory requirements are? –  Graham Hill Jul 12 '12 at 12:51
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@GrahamHill: As much as I'm in love with the snarkiness of your comment, with the exception of SOX that list of regulations apply to most every university of medium size or larger. –  Scott Pack Jul 12 '12 at 14:04
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I'm just trying to get the bottom line from each regulation, a 1-liner like "Firewall or pentesting each year and data encryption" - I tried reading the regulations themselves, but they are way too bloated. I thought an expert in the field would be able to sum it up. –  Roy Reznik Jul 12 '12 at 14:05
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@RoyReznik: Unfortunately, each regulation is also too complex for us to sum them up in a such a fashion without being professionally negligent. –  Scott Pack Jul 12 '12 at 14:29

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