RSA 2007: long-term data storage presents legal risks

Companies could place themselves at risk of legal liabiliy if they take advantage of developments in data storage to store every piece of data in their organisations, Art Coviello, executive vice-president of EMC and president of RSA, has said in a keynote address at the RSA London Conference.

Companies could place themselves at risk of legal liabiliy if they take advantage of developments in data storage to store every piece of data in their organisations, Art Coviello, executive vice-president of EMC and president of RSA, has said in a keynote address at the RSA London Conference.

Coviello appealed to companies to discover what data they have, who is looking at it and what they are doing with it, and to classify data and users before they store data.

He said this was essential to be able identify the highest-value data in the organisation, to protect it adequately, to use it more effectively, and to reduce information "clutter". It would also cut the risk of creating information honeypots for data thieves, he said. "Top secret, internal consumption only, and publically available should be enough to start with," Coviello said.

"Just as there is a legal ecosystem in which we operate, the criminal community has a parallel illegal one," he said.

Firms have to develop and monitor policies and processes for data management to stop unauthorised access and use of the information, he said.

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