The effects of corporate governance, risk management and compliance pressures on the management team of an organization have been oft publicized. It is foolish, however, to assume that these pressures start and end in the boardroom. Database professionals face similar pressures in choosing and maintaining the systems and processes that will help protect the integrity of corporate data.

Data can be a company's most valuable asset, and properly protecting the data is often a common element in addressing challenges related to governance, risk and compliance. Data auditing is a primary means for protecting corporate data assets against potential risk and loss. It provides an unimpeachable record of corporate data use, allowing enterprises to validate compliance and implement key practices to insure that the company operates at the very highest levels of ethics and compliance. Data auditing is key to identifying potential legal threats because it provides a transparent view of the evolution of information upon which corporate financial reports and other corporate legal documents rely.

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