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Shop Talk: How Compliance and IT Can Get It Together

Joe Mont | July 17, 2012

Long gone are those times of yore, when “IT security” was universally understood to mean “hackers on the outside trying to break in and steal your data.” Spare a moment for those simpler days, now gone for good.

Today IT security can mean almost anything: threats coming from both inside and outside the company, done deliberately or through innocent—but dumb—mistakes, and in a new form almost every month. And the biggest fear is not necessarily loss of valuable company data; just as bad, or worse, can be the publicity or regulatory fines for the blunder.

Little surprise, then, that when compliance and IT security officers try to build effective solutions, they're more daunted and overwhelmed than ever.

“Compliance itself is very fragmented,” Michael Rasmussen, head of the Corporate Integrity consulting firm and fellow at the Open Compliance & Ethics Group, said at an executive forum hosted last month by Compliance Week and Secure Computing magazine.....

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