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What stage of the data storage security project are you in?

Asking where the client is in the lifecycle of a data storage security project is important for knowing whether and when the project will unfold.

Q: Where are you at in the lifecycle of project planning?

Understanding the motivation behind a data storage security project is critical in validating if and when a project will occur. When the need is established and is driven by an upper management directive, or is a component of a compliance program, there is a high probability that the project will occur with the usual course of events:

  1. Information collection
  2. Evaluation of the proposed concept
  3. Technology evaluation
  4. Procurement
  5. Deployment

About the expert
Ryk Edelstein is the founder and director of operations of Converge Net Inc., a Montreal-based network services provider specializing in data loss prevention, risk and vulnerability management, and automated policy violation detection and protection. He has held various roles for a number of IT services companies since 1981. Click to download his data storage security FAQ podcast.

At the early stages of a data storage security project, when the client is assessing best practices, budget, buy-in and motivation may not be established, and the procurement cycle will be protracted.

This was last published in March 2008

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