HP adds compliance tracking to OpenView

Compliance capability added. Bryan Betts reports

HP has enhanced its OpenView management software suite with a tool that allows data from individual OpenView tools to be brought together and re-used for compliance and auditing purposes.

Called OpenView Select Audit, the software is a free add-on which lets compliance become an incidental benefit of doing something that needs doing anyway — namely automating and simplifying systems and network administration, says Dave Clarke, head of pre-sales for HP OpenView in the UK.

HP says Select Audit includes an HP Labs-developed modelling framework, which maps IT audit controls to compliance guidelines. It integrates with HP OpenView's identity and access control tools for security auditing and features reporting tools designed to meet the requirements of regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley.

"Policy-based controls are fantastic, but you now have a separate constraint coming in from the side — compliance," Clarke says. "More powerful management tools give you easier changes, but then you have to beef up the audit trail and show your managers and auditors the mapping between your stated policies and the measurements coming up from what's really happening."

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