Why IT Should Love Defensible Deletion

Defensible deletion is focused on legal and how to manage risk and long term liability. The goal is to manage data according to policy, find what no longer has business value or is required by legal and purge it from the network. Many organizations are finding that saving 20 or more years of electronic data on their networks and servers is not a good idea. However defensible deletion should be as interesting a concept for IT as it is for legal. IT is challenged with storage and information management budgets. The money that IT has had at their disposal has decreased and they are under tight scrutiny to make ever dollar count. Defensible deletion is a major cost savings to IT and would allow them to recoup significant budget that can be reallocated to more immediate projects versus unnecessary storage expenses. Industry analysts state that by defensibly deleting user data that no longer has business value or is required for legal hold or regulatory purposes, organizations can recoup anywhere from 40 to 70% of their storage resources. This could easily represent tens of millions of dollars in IT budget, a number any organization would love to have in their pocket.
The benefits of defensible deletion are many. IT should look at this as an opportunity to reclaim budgets and streamline their operations. Legal already sees the benefits. Defensible deletion is a win-win across the organization.