With a new presidential administration and a Congress convening in less than three months, now is the time to begin thinking through the solutions needed to address our economic challenges. Economic growth in a sound market economy requires smart regulation, not destructive regulation that hurts economic growth. Sarbanes-Oxley fails that test. It should be repealed.
I've written previously on the need to move away from compliance as *the* driver for identity. A legislative act such as this could force our hand as an industry. Being personally involved in the process, I am acutely aware of the impact that compliance has on quickly approving budgets for projects, and the way IT has leveraged SOX in order to push projects of their liking (even if its true ability to demonstrate compliance was suspect). This hyper-compliance environment may have created complacency on our end from the perspective of demonstrating the true value of identity for the business. Anyway you slice it, if SOX gets repealed (or slimmed down, as I expect it will be), we're going to have think a little harder, and I think that's a good thing.