Framingham, Mass. - A survey of 220 businesses revealed that while compliance costs associated with Sarbanes-Oxley Sections 404 and 302 are front-loaded, once companies are through the process, there is a great deal of proportional value.The poll, conducted jointly by International Data Corp. and, also noted that a compliance "chasm" exists and that companies that have crossed it have achieved more effective results at less cost.

IDC asked respondents to rate the cost of six major SOX compliance tasks, and also to judge the effectiveness of those tasks for improving risk management.

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