Many organizations have adopted the COBIT framework to guide their security program for SOX, since many auditors...
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have informally deemed that framework broad enough to ensure strong financial controls.
Regarding email retention, SOX section 802 requires that organizations retain auditing information for a minimum of seven years. This includes electronic records, which presumably encompasses email, thus enterprises are best off retaining email for at least seven years. This will also help with emerging e-discovery regulations, which also mandate that electronic information be available for several years.
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