An expert has urged companies to implement best practice when it comes to safeguarding business data.

Andy Cordial, managing director of storage system integration specialists Origin, said it is essential for firms to adhere to industry standards when it comes to maintaining digital data lists.

He highlighted a recent survey conducted by Iron Mountain, which found that more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of companies currently have no established policies relating to their electronic data records.

Even though many companies have policies in place for their physical databases, they still neglected to maintain best practice for their digital business data and mailing lists.

“This is an appalling indictment of the state of corporate data protection,” Mr Cordial said.

“The good news is researchers found that firms with the strongest records management practices employed the most formal programmes governed by multi-disciplinary teams across the organisation.”

Mr Cordial warned that those who do not take business data protection seriously enough could face regulatory fines and legal action.

Posted by Matthew Collins, Technical Director – IT Data Cleaning, Hygiene, Analytics, Databases