Compliance: Do you speak geek?

With deadlines approaching fast, do you think you know all about compliance? Take our quick quiz and see how you measure up on our compliance geek-o-meter.


Whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when they come for you? With deadlines approaching fast, do you think you know all about compliance? Take our quick quiz and see how you measure up on our compliance geek-o-meter. How many can you guess without peeking? And when you're done, how about sharing your score with us.


1. This legislation was enacted in response to the high-profile Enron and WorldCom financial scandals to protect shareholders and the general public from accounting errors and fraudulent practices in the enterprise. It is administered by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which sets deadlines for compliance and publishes rules on requirements.
What is it?

2. This is a corporate official in charge of overseeing and managing compliance issues within an organization, ensuring, for example, that a company is complying with regulatory requirements, and that the company and its employees are complying with internal policies and procedures.
Who is it?

3. This is an amendment to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities.
What is it?

4. This is a U.S. government organization within the National Security Agency that evaluates computing equipment for high security applications to ensure that facilities processing classified or other sensitive material are using trusted computer systems and components.
What is it?

5. Founded in 1947, this is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, one from each country. Among the standards it fosters is Open Systems Interconnection, a universal reference model for communication protocols.
What is it?

6. This is the primary organization for fostering the development of technology standards in the U.S. It works with industry groups and is the U.S. member of the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission.
What is it?

7. This act deals with protecting health insurance coverage for people who lose or change jobs. It includes an administrative simplification section which deals with the standardization of healthcare-related information systems.
What is it?

8. This is the commonly used name for the United States Federal law more formally known as S. 877 or the "Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003." The law took effect on Jan. 1, 2004.
What is it?

9. This is a nonprofit organization that establishes telecommunications standards for Europe. Its guidelines are voluntary and almost always comply with standards produced by international bodies.
What is it?

10. This organization exists to protect national communications systems integrity, and to seek information about foreign adversaries' secret communications.
What is it?

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This was first published in November 2004

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