Compliance easily tops the list of concerns for business leaders, regardless of industry. To understand why, you just need to look at the headlines – fraud, theft of customer data, lost information, industrial espionage, and the disclosures from Wikileaks. The tremendous growth of information combined with increased regulation, makes it easy to see the incredible pressure organizations are under to reduce risk. Yet, 77% of organizations today still do not have enforced retention policies over their paper and electronic information (according to AIIM).
But there is an even greater set of compliance challenges affecting organizations – driven by the demands of the New User. These “New Users” are people in the workforce who have become much more mobile, social and increasingly reliant on cloud applications to drive greater productivity and organizational responsiveness. As a result, information no longer rests just within the 4-walls of the organization; it’s extended out to remote offices, and contractors and now SaaS-based applications. It’s stored in file shares, desktops, laptops, paper archives, portable media and out to tablets and smartphones and other mobile devices. IT now faces the daunting challenge of balancing the benefits of this new choice computing model against the overriding corporate obligation to manage and protect information – regardless of its location. As a result, (more…)