Only 26 per cent of organisations enforce a policy for the archiving of electronic information.


According to GFT inbox, many companies may be taking unnecessary risks with how information is being stored. Responding to a recent report of the details of 15,000 patients being stolen from St Paul's GP Surgery in Winchester, where the patient data had been backed-up on tapes and stored in a safe that was stolen during a burglary on the practice last week, the company claimed that organisations should look at ways to archive information electronically. 

Juergen Obermann, CEO of GFT inbox, said: “It's incredible that organisations continue to use archaic methods to retain sensitive information. Clearly records need to be retained, but backing-up to tape creates an unnecessary risk. In light of this incident, organisations should look at ways to archive information electronically, mitigating the threat of this kind of data loss.

“Without policies that dictate what information is retained, where it is stored and for how long - how can legal or industry regulations be met? Backing-up data to disks or tapes when it can easily be retained in an electronic archive is a risk that CIOs should not be exposing their organisation to.”