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Friday, April 25, 2008

Will keeping old e-mail put you at risk?

"To keep email or not to keep email"... that is the question Michael Osterman posed in a recent survey on the archiving market in North America.

The survey found that 32% of organizations believe preserving all e-mail content for long periods is the least risky option, while 10% believe that deleting all content poses the least risk.

Over the past three years of survey results, the percentage of respondents indicating "deleting all content" was least risky dropped from 23% in 2006, 15% in 2007, and is at 10% in 2008. The trend is obvious: most organizations are deciding to archive data instead of a slash and burn policy. The risks are too great that a copy of an email exists in some storage location outside of IT's direct control. In this age of accountability, it's better to "know what you have" even if it's damaging information, than to try to delete all possible electronic references.

Will keeping old e-mail put you at risk?.... The answer is a resounding NO. Now find an affordable hosted archive solution and be done with the problem.