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Writing Information Security Policies by Scott Barman

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Backups, Archival Storage, and Disposal of Data

Policies about the handling of data backed up to external sites or off-site media is as important as for online accessible information. Backup data can contain financial information, a history of customer interaction, and even copies of current business. If the data is not to be kept, what would happen if the competition were able to obtain and analyze that information? What if they found data that should have been discarded? Backup policies, therefore, must reflect on the processes themselves, cover how the data is archived, and provide direction for what to do when data is to be discarded.

Backup Considerations

Why does your organization back up information from its computers? Is it to recover ...

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