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Unplugging IM because of SoX

Some companies may have to disable their instant messaging systems because of concerns that the technology’s security and archival controls aren’t strong enough to comply with the law.

Section 302 of Sarbanes-Oxley requires CEOs and CFOs to certify that their companies have established internal controls and are regularly evaluating the effectiveness of the control measures.

Although many vendors offer tools for storing messaging traffic and protecting against malware, enterprises may have to take a decision whether it may be simpler to just unplug their IM systems. Another method could be to block outsider access to IM and allow only internal users to use the application.

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