Compliance – who cares?


Compliance – who cares?

Compliance is barely a blip on the radar for most UK IT directors, despite the frenzy of interest whipped up by vendors and the media.

A survey by BridgeHead Software has revealed that it’s the usual suspects of disaster recovery, business continuity, growing data volumes, the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act that are keeping IT directors awake at night. Only 6% of the 300 IT directors and managers surveyed named the US legislation Sarbanes Oxley as an issue.

Disaster recovery and business continuity were mentioned by 48% of the sample as a factor driving archiving. This was followed by the sheer volume of data growth, mentioned by 27%, while corporate governance and compliance registered as a driver with 22%.

When asked which element of compliance regulations had the most impact on business 48% did not believe it was factor at all.

‘For all that “compliance” has been made one of today’s major buzzwords, it seems IT directors know that US compliance regulations affect relatively few of them,’ says BridgeHead Software chief executive Tony Cotterill. ‘Perhaps they realise compliance is largely achievable as a by-product of good, day-to-day data housekeeping.’


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