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Does IT Have to Worry about Compliance? (You Bet)

IT bears a big responsibility for corporate compliance. Managing retention, keeping data available, and checking messaging for compliance all fall under IT's domain.

"Compliance" is a seriously big topic.

  • It crosses electronic and paper lines.
  • It can refer to government regulations, industry requirements, or internal governance.
  • It refers to employee-driven processes as well as records retention.
  • Requirements differ radically in highly regulated industries like finance, and healthcare

 Even where we narrow compliance to IT and electronically stored information (ESI), it's still complex. Compliance doesn't just impact email; it also concerns database records, unstructured archives, and storage systems galore.


I see IT's compliance responsibility in 3 broad areas:

  1. Manage retention periods.
  2. Ensure data availability for searches.
  3. Deploy compliance checking for outgoing data.

 Manage retention periods

Christine Taylor, an analyst with The Taneja Group, has more than a decade of experience in covering the IT and communications industries. She has written extensively on the role of technology in e-discovery, compliance and governance, and information management. View Full Bio
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