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Email Archiving and Discovery Survey

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Executive Summary

No longer is email simply an ad hoc communication vehicle. Messages are now considered business records and are expected to be retained and managed like paper records. SEC, NASD, HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, to name a few, specify retention periods of at least three years, under penalty of hefty fines, and/or jail time. In addition, lawyers have come to view email stores as the repository for "The Smoking gun" in many lawsuits. Search and discovery requests for the contents of corporate mailboxes have become commonplace, while the ability to retrieve the requested data from system backup tapes has not.

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