Storage industry analysts believe that a ripple effect from the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) is bound to impact both current storage operations as well as plans for new storage initiatives.
Apparently, the sticking point comes in the area of digital retention of certain records -- paper and digital -- that serve as audit trails for publicly traded companies. Already, CEOs and CFOs are attempting to spread around any potential liabilities by requiring department heads to sign off on the authenticity and accuracy of data for their company's audit processes. According to some, it's only a matter of time before the CIO is also required to guarantee in writing that IT systems -- including storage -- have been working to support the company's widespread effort toward compliance.
For those of you who want to read more about Sarbanes-Oxley, this list of resources below should give you a good head start. If you find other resources that help you in your planning efforts, e-mail us and we'll see if we can add them to our on-going coverage of compliance issues.
Analysts comment on what storage managers should do about SOX and other legislation. Do you want to know what storage analysts think about the implications of SOX? In this short Q&A interview, you'll hear from Yankee Group's Jamie Gruener, Enterprise Storage Group's Peter Gerr and Data Mobility Group's John Webster.
Executive summary to in-depth Enterprise Storage Group research on legislation and compliance for storage professionals and vendors.
Research note on Sarbanes-Oxley by Data Mobility Group senior analyst John Webster. In this note, Webster outlines a handful of key findings and repercussions he sees Sarbanes-Oxley making for storage professionals.
Research note by Yankee Group senior analyst Jamie Gruener that covers the impact of compliance legislation and growing digital content stores on evolving storage products such as those involving content-addressed storage (CAS).
Compliance: Are you ready? This featured topic includes a series of compiled resources from SearchStorage, including news from vendors involved in such areas as e-mail archiving, and a report on how well companies are currently complying with SEC requirements. It also covers SOX and other compliance legislation, such as HIPAA.
The next wave in IT won't come from technology. This article published on sister site SearchCIO.com describes the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on IT professionals in a short and pointed manner.