Information security management is expected to continue to have a powerful influence over business in 2007, according to the annual Top Technology Initiatives survey of the American Institute of CPAs.

For the fifth consecutive year, the survey identified information security as the tech initiative expected to have the greatest effect in the upcoming year.

A related initiative -- identity and access management -- jumped from No. 6 in 2006 to No. 2 in 2007. Privacy Management also nudged its way up the list, from fifth to fourth place, while four new initiatives made their debut in this year’s Top 10. Those included securing and controlling information distribution; mobile and remote computing; electronic archiving and data retention; and document, content and knowledge management.

The survey was conducted in December 2006 under the supervision of a task force led by David Cieslak, chairman of the AICPA’s Information Technology Executive Committee. More than 1,500 participants ranked the 30 technology initiatives they felt will have the most significant impact in the next 12 to 18 months.

The 10 most important technology initiatives for 2007, are as follow:

  1. Information Security Management
  2. Identity and Access Management
  3. Conforming to Assurance and Compliance Standards
  4. Privacy Management
  5. Disaster Recovery Planning and Business Continuity Management
  6. IT Governance
  7. Securing and Controlling Information Distribution
  8. Mobile and Remote Computing
  9. Electronic Archiving and Data Retention
  10. Document, Content and Knowledge Management

More information, as well as definitions of the initiatives, is available at www.aicpa.org/infotech.

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