Considering that data storage in 2015 is dominated by accommodations for digital information, it can be easy to forget about legacy archiving. However, for many of the world’s most iconic organizations, decades of critical data are still stored in file cabinets and backup tapes. New research from Kroll Ontrack reveals that despite the volume of data stored on archive tapes, IT professionals do not have strong plans in place for managing that data. As a result, organizations remain open to considerable compliance and regulatory risks.

The research polled over 700 IT administrators from both corporate and service provider IT shops around the globe, finding 30 percent of those respondents do not have clear insight into what specific information is stored within their tape archives. The figure may seem low, but when considering the survey also found that 30 percent of these shops also receive daily or weekly requests for information critical to e-discovery or internal audit, an major disconnect is revealed.

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