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Vol. 3 No. 11 January 2005

Compliance fears may spur backup outsourcing

Fears of not complying with regulations about data protection practices may be pushing some IT managers to outsource their backup and archive obligations, according to some outsourcers and industry observers. Outsourced backup and archiving service providers, the thinking goes, are 100% focused on only those core tasks and may be better poised to fulfill compliance duties than a company whose strengths lie elsewhere. Outsourcing your backup or archiving may also increase the likelihood that you could pass an audit--especially if that outsourcer is known to the auditing firm. Even if your organization is perfectly capable of doing its own backup and archiving, proving that your process is adequate to an auditor is another story. "You may have a great system in place in-house, but you still have to jump through all sorts of hoops to convince the auditors," says Kevin Merritt, VP of archiving and compliance at FrontBridge Technologies, Marina del Rey, CA, which provides e-mail security and message management services, including ...

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