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    The True Cost of Compliance

    More than a few IT organizations approach anything to do with compliance as something that requires the bare minimum effort.

    But a new survey of 160 information security experts working at 46 multinational companies, conducted by The Ponemon Institute on behalf for Tripwire, a provider of compliance management tools, finds that the companies that proactively manage compliance wind up paying a lot less over the long term than those that treat compliance as a cost to be avoided.

    While no one can guarantee that their company will not be subjected to compliance-related penalties, the survey data shows that doing the bare minimum is roughly the equivalent of an invitation to financial disaster.

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    Click through for results from a survey on the true cost of compliance, conducted by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of Tripwire.

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    Costs can easily exceed $3 million when you add everything up.

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    But it can cost over $9 million if you have don’t have the right controls in place.

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    There’s $5.8 million in the difference.

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    The bigger you are, the more it costs.

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    You can’t eliminate every cost, but you can mitigate them.

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    The more compliance work you do now, the less you pay later.

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