Businesses carrying out mergers and acquisitions need to be acutely aware of the need for strong data recovery practices, as these reorganisations can lead to data loss if staff are not careful.
This is the view of head of engineering at Hardware.com Paul Bonner, who wrote in an article for Channel Pro that the focus at the these times is generally more on the financial and legal aspects of the merger process, but data security needs to be placed higher up the agenda.
Transferring information between incompatible IT infrastructure operated by merging firms can be a minefield for data management specialists, with any losses holding a significant potential impact on the future viability of a company.
The Information Commissioner’s Office looks dimly on the loss or inappropriate exposure of sensitive commercial and customer data to outside sources, so the security of transferred files must be given a paramount importance during mergers.
Mr Bonner noted that an understanding of which parties will have responsibility for secure data transfer is therefore a must for all firms in this position.
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