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May 2013 / Volume 15 / No. 4

Reframing compliance with a threat model

The weight of compliance on businesses has never been higher. The changing landscape of regulatory requirements, limited personnel budgets, non-comprehensive solutions, and increasing consulting costs associated with compliance audits has financially debilitated many companies, both large and small, across multiple industries. Without recognizing the inception of most regulatory requirements, some CISOs may think that the alphabet soup of compliance-affiliated acronyms has served no one; it has simply deepened the financial pockets of security consultants and compliance auditors. As a result, the perception of the value of compliance has taken a toll, without diminishing its need. We are left with a broken belief system of what compliance actually brings to organizations beyond a Record of Compliance or Authority to Operate (ATO). So, what went wrong, and how do security professionals begin to rethink compliance? It all hinges on execution. Managing perception Corporate compliance initiatives largely originate from within ...

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