Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

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

"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
  • 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

  • 1