SOURCE: Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company

December 11, 2007 14:59 ET

Security Governance and Risk Management

Best-in-Class Organizations Reaping the Rewards of "Doing the Right Things"

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 11, 2007) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks company (NYSE: HHS), today announced a new research report on "Security Governance and Risk Management" which reveals that Best-in-Class organizations are more effective than their counterparts at allocating their IT resources and activities based on business objectives and acceptable levels of risk. By developing superior capabilities in the area of security governance and risk management, Best-in-Class organizations have demonstrated their ability to improve security, sustain compliance, improve leverage from existing IT resources, make faster decisions, optimize business processes, and improve visibility across organizational and geographical silos.

The benchmark report shows that Best-in-Class organizations improved their speed of decision making regarding security governance and risk management by 28% over the past year, more than two times the year-over-year improvement by the Industry Average. In addition, over the past year the Best-in-Class were four times better than the Industry Average at reducing the number of organizational and geographical silos for security governance, risk management, and compliance information and analysis.

"Among the Best-in-Class organizations in this study, there is a real sense of taking back the business from the tyranny of spending on security and compliance for its own sake," said Derek E. Brink, vice president and research director for IT security at Aberdeen. "Best-in-Class companies are taking proactive steps to ensure that their investments in security and compliance controls directly support their objectives for the business."

A complimentary copy of this research report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: Xceedium and Polivec. To obtain a complimentary copy of the report, visit: http://www.aberdeen.com/link/sponsor.asp?cid=4446

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