SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

October 04, 2007 13:07 ET

Sustaining Security-Related Compliance

How Best-in-Class Organizations Have Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Security Audit

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS), today announced a new research report on "Sustaining Compliance" which reveals that Best-in-Class organizations view security-related compliance not as a one-time event, but as a strategic, sustainable program. In addition to helping them to achieve and sustain compliance requirements, these organizations also enjoy lower operational costs, support higher scale, reduce security risk, and maintain consistent security policies.

The research shows that 44% of Best-in-Class organizations reduced the cost of addressing non-compliance incidents over the last year, and 26% reduced the cost of addressing security-related incidents. Both of these measures are up to 15-times higher than those for all respondents. Best-in-Class organizations also reduced the time spent on reactive "as-needed" management, auditing, and reporting by a factor of 3-times compared to the Industry Average.

"Leaders in Best-in-Class organizations position their compliance initiatives as a journey, not a destination," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research director for IT security at Aberdeen. "Like all journeys, sustaining compliance begins with a single step -- in this case, a strategic commitment to management, auditing and reporting as part of an integrated security and compliance strategy."

A complimentary copy of this research report is made available due in part by the following research underwriters: Shavlik Technologies, Cisco Systems, eIQnetworks, netForensics, Tripwire and LogRhythm. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit:

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