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Governance, Risk & Compliance for SMBs and Mid-Market Organizations

Today, many businesses operate with a gap between IT management and business decision makers. Unfilled, this void creates a need for policy and risk management tools to tie business processes together with IT capabilities.

A good example of this is the struggle between legitimate business needs for collaborative Web 2.0 applications, such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, and IT requirements to maintain highly secure network environments.

A recent Forrester Research poll of 1,033 SMB and enterprise IT administrators showed that "nearly one-quarter of organizations lack a Web 2.0 usage policy." The same Forrester report shows that when asked where should Web 2.0 enforcement reside, 68% stated at a gateway web content security solution or firewall.

Given this, the challenge for IT administrators is to develop sound policies and management controls that reduce risks, meet compliance requirements, and simultaneously provide actionable business intelligence.

To meet this growing need, WatchGuard is in a unique position to offer SMBs and mid-market organizations a resource center for best practices in data governance, IT risk management and security-related compliance.

The WatchGuard GRC Resource Center offers white papers, use notes, IT templates and related materials for Governance, Risk management and Compliance needs.

Organization, by its very nature, contains ... powerful factors of misdirection. To overcome these obstacles requires more than good intentions, sermons, and exhortations. It requires policy and structure. It requires that management by objectives be purposefully organized and be made the living law of the entire management group.

Peter F. Drucker
Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices
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