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Without a doubt, almost every organization that works with sensitive data such as credit card holder data, personally identifiable information, or intellectual property faces compliance with at least one mandate, and typically many more.

The intent of these mandates — whether industry standard ,government regulation or internal security policy — is to protect sensitive or business-critical data and the IT infrastructure.

Unfortunately, many organizations take a check box approach to compliance validation, installing required controls without ensuring that they actually protect systems and data. By finding the shortest, least expensive path to compliance, organizations have missed the point, which is to effectively utilize compliance investments to improve security.

Many visionary chief information security officers and IT security professionals have pushed for proactive investment in information security, with compliance resulting as a natural by product of those investments. This approach would not only meet compliance requirements, but would also reduce the consequences and high costs of noncompliance.

Yet, until recently, they’ve had no data to back them up. The Ponemon Institute’s  True Cost of Compliance study provides critical evidence that investments made on compliance today — especially if they improve security — can likely save much more in the long run by reducing the costs and consequences associated with noncompliance. And while it’s impossible to completely avoid these costs, it is possible to significantly reduce them.

The question is: What can an organization do to reduce these costs?

This paper explains how organizations can use Tripwire IT security and compliance automation solutions to lower their overall cost of compliance. The paper does this by focusing on actions the study suggests would lower the cost of compliance and demonstrating how Tripwire solutions support these.


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