The IT Compliance Institute announced a major expansion to its popular Unified Compliance Project (UCP), the first major initiative to comprehensively address the alignment of IT goals in relation to regulatory compliance.

The expanded UCP encompasses hundreds of new regulations and standards from around the world. Comprising 12 IT Impact Zones that range from Audit and Risk Management to Privacy, Records Management, and more, the UCP is the most exhaustive global resource of its kind. Within each IT Impact Zone, the project reveals the overlap in IT goals implied by various US state and federal rules, as well as global regulations from Latin America, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Asia/Pacific Rim countries.

Regulations and standards are cross-referenced with more than 2,400 IT control objectives nearly double the number of objectives documented in the initial project launch. Within the project, 12 IT Impact Matrices highlight the alignment of regulatory impact on IT departments and provide a top-down view of regulatory overlap, enabling organizations to identify ways to eliminate compliance-project redundancy, find new IT efficiencies, and reduce the cost resources required for compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II, PCI, and global privacy laws, as well as major business and IT frameworks such as CobiT, COSO and the ISO 17799.

"Regulations change. IT focuses change. Nothing is static in IT compliance, and the Unified Compliance Project needs to reflect that reality. ITCi has seen phenomenal interest in the UCP over the past year, and with this expansion we are continuing to support the needs of our members by providing timely, practical, and comprehensive information that is relevant to their day-to-day responsibilities," said Cass Brewer, ITCi editorial and research director.

The UCP expansion also offers features that enhance the usability of the large amounts of information found in UCP resources. A new "How to use the UCP" page graphically depicts the UCP's structure and provides a step-by-step guide to making the most of UCP resources. A UCP Methodology document provides critical background on how the information in the IT Impact Matrices was derived. And a new UCP terminology page helps orient newcomers to special terms used throughout the project pages.

The newly launched UCP can be found at:

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