What’s on Your PCs


What’s on Your PCs?
ow solid are your clients’ document retention policies? Most businesses have formal guidelines, but those rules often are loosely enforced, especially when it comes to individual users’ desktop computers, according to a survey of IT professionals commissioned by NextPage ( www.nextpage.com ).

While 62% of the companies surveyed said they had document retention policies, only 31% of those companies said they actively enforced the policies.

When it came to monitoring computer hard drives for compliance, 69% of the respondents said they checked shared network drives, while only 45% monitored individual users’ hard drives. That raises liability and compliance concerns, the survey summary said, citing an earlier Gartner Group estimate that 80% of a company’s documents resided on users’ desktops.

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