Governance and compliance Definitions

  • M

    mobile governance

    Mobile governance refers to the processes and policies used to manage mobile device access to an organization's network or its data.

  • P

    privacy compliance

    Privacy compliance is a company's accordance with established personal information protection guidelines, specifications or legislation.

  • privacy impact assessment (PIA)

    A privacy impact assessment (PIA) is an analysis of how an individual's or groups of individuals' personally identifiable information is collected, used, shared and maintained by an organization.

  • R

    regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business processes.

  • risk exposure

    Risk exposure is a quantified loss potential of business actions, and is usually calculated based on the probability of the incident occurring multiplied by its potential losses.

  • risk intelligence (RQ)

    Risk intelligence (RQ) is a term used to describe predictions made around uncertainties and future threat probabilities.

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

  • S

    Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act)

    The Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) is a law that governs secondary trading and stock exchanges.

  • smart contract

    A smart contract, also known as a cryptocontract, is a computer program that directly controls the transfer of digital currencies or assets between parties under certain conditions.

  • social media policy

    A social media policy (also called a social networking policy)  is a corporate code of conduct that provides guidelines for employees who post content on the Internet either as part of their job or as a private person.

  • U

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a federal agency designed to protect the United States against threats.

  • V

    VAL IT (value from IT investments)

    VAL IT (value from IT investments) is a framework that outlines governance best practices for information technology-enabled business investments.

  • Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988

    The Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 is United States legislation that prevents wrongful disclosure of an individual's personally identifiable information stemming from their rental or purchase of audiovisual material, including videotapes, DVDs and video games.

  • W

    Whistleblower Protection Act

    The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from retaliatory action for voluntarily disclosing information about dishonest or illegal activities occurring in a government organization.

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