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A Storage Management Perspective on Sarbanes Oxley

Compliance Is Not Only the Right Thing to Do, It's Good for You Too

The Upside of SOX
Many storage organizations perceive working toward SOX compliance as a disruptive task adding unnecessary burden to an overworked staff. This is a likely sign of a poorly prepared organization. In reality, many of the activities associated with SOX compliance are things that already should be done as standard policy in a well-run organization. IT audit frameworks, such as COBIT® (Control Objectives in Information Technology) refer to adherence to "good practice", and many organizations have internal goals to meet "best practice" standards. Much of the basis for a SOX-compliant storage infrastructure is following best practices. Activities such as defining standard operating procedures and providing reporting and metrics to support those procedures is simply good practice. Specific activities, such as data classification and recoverability testing, are essential to meeting critical needs of the business as well as for compliance. In other words, if a storage organization is doing the things that it is supposed to be doing, it will not have an extraordinary difficulty in meeting its SOX demands. And if it is not, then the SOX compliance effort can be viewed as a golden opportunity to fix those problems and have the opportunity to better meet the needs of business users.

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Jim Damoulakis is CTO of GlassHouse Technologies, the leading independent provider of storage services.

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