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Originally published on 3/28/18 at Forbes.

There seems to be confusion in corporate America about whether or not to delete data. On one hand, there are legal departments that advise keeping everything forever, and on the other are those that recommend deleting everything as a matter of policy as soon as possible — whacking away at files and folders on your file servers like a drunk landscaper whirling a weed whacker around your yard. Meanwhile, IT is stuck in the middle trying to develop and engineer systems to enforce ever-changing data retention policies.

With a rash of security breaches and companies getting slapped with huge fines for mismanaging data during legal investigations, for some, the only reasonable thing to do is delete all data. The view taken by some is that if there’s no data, then it can’t be stolen and won’t available for evidence in a lawsuit. Unfortunately, this is rarely true and likely to cost a lot more in the long run. …


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Originally published on 1/8/2018 at Forbes.

Hacking is no longer new. It’s become a daily conversation in newsrooms and boardrooms everywhere; hacking and data breaches are the never-ending security story of the 21st century. Hackers illegally make their way into the computer systems of companies, hospitals, government institutions and our homes on a daily basis.

The systems that we trust with our personal data, perhaps naïvely and at times reluctantly, are the targets. …


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Hacking is no longer new. It’s become a daily conversation in newsrooms and boardrooms everywhere; hacking and data breaches are the never-ending security story of the 21st century. Hackers illegally make their way into the computer systems of companies, hospitals, government institutions and our homes on a daily basis.

To rise to this occasion, strong IT leadership is essential. Data breaches can happen at any moment, and we now need to assess the influx of increasingly massive amounts of data for risk in real time.

As a new member of the Forbes Technology Council, I’ve shared my thinking on how IT leaders can better secure and control company data, in this sometimes hostile and always overcrowded universe of data. Learn more about how you can gain greater control over collecting and storing all that data — and to do so securely — in my latest column in Forbes, here. …

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