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Maverick* Research: Mitigate the Debilitating Effects of IT Regulation by Embracing IT Worker Licensing

Published: 21 September 2016

ID: G00305085

Analyst(s): Hank Marquis


IT leaders unable to prevent cybercrime will cause government to regulate and license IT workers. Mitigate adverse effects by self-regulating and embracing IT worker licensing now. (Maverick research deliberately exposes unconventional thinking and may not agree with Gartner's official positions.)

Table Of Contents


  • *Maverick Research
  • Treat IT Regulation as a C-Level Business Continuity Issue
  • The Threat Is "Inside the Firewall"
  • IT Workers Will Require Licensing
  • Case Study: U.S. States Regulate IT Activities
  • Prepare for IT Industry Regulation and Licensure
  • PPTI Matrix Evaluation Across Four Domains
    • Staffing
    • Economics
    • Agility
    • Innovation
  • Case Study: Social Service Agency Discloses Protected Information
  • Promote IT Worker Credentialing to Advance Self-Regulation
  • IT Self-Regulation Platforms
  • Case Study: Financial Firm Upskills 1,500 IT Staff
  • Monitor Public Policy and Lobby for Common-Sense IT Regulations

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