IT and legal perspectives on data security

How to play nice with your IT department when managing records

This article is the third of a four-part series. Previously, we have looked at security standards and best practices. In the next installment, we will conclude with best practices in e-discovery.

When it comes to a company’s data, both the IT and legal departments should be involved and understand how the data flows and where it resides. However, the two groups have different perspectives and, sometimes, conflicting priorities when it comes to data security and records management.

New hardware and software

IT people like technology, and the newer and flashier it is, the better. However, they may not consider the records management implications of new apps or smartphones. In-house counsel need to be involved in the decision-making processes for purchasing and implementing new hardware and software, and make them comply with established procedures.

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Stacy Jackson

Stacy Jackson is corporate counsel with IE Discovery. She has managed IE Discovery’s legal services team, working directly with client attorneys in charge of cases...

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