The longer a company has been in compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, the higher the percentage of executives who say the benefits outweigh the costs, according to a new study released by global risk ad internal audit consulting firm Protiviti.

According to Protiviti’s 2010 Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Review, 70 percent of executives in their fourth year of SOX compliance indicated that compliance and spending have evolved significantly, compared to just 39 percent in their first year of compliance with Section 404.

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