Data Protection for
SOX Compliance

Audit Controls for Sensitive Data

While many think of data security as keeping information safe from external threats, businesses can suffer from internal data fraud as well. In the United States, major internal accounting scandals such as WorldCom, Tyco, and Enron triggered the 2002 enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act. SOX implemented strict reforms for all publicly traded companies in the US—as well as wholly-owned subsidiaries and publicly traded foreign companies that do business in the US—designed to improve financial disclosures and prevent accounting fraud.

Far from just accounting, SOX also has an impact on the security of information systems since the financial information covered by the law is processed and stored by IT systems. IT departments are responsible for creating and maintaining corporate record archives, paying special attention to data access and retention, both of which are specialties of PKWARE.

SOX 101

Since modern financial reporting systems are heavily dependent on technology, SOX has a lot to say about the proper management of electronic records.

There are three rules in Section 802 of SOX that affect how electronic records in accounting should be managed:


Involves the destruction, alteration, or falsification of records and the resulting penalties.


Defines the retention period for record storage. Best practices suggest storing all business records using the same guidelines as public accountants.


Defines the type of business records that need to be stored, including electronic communications.

The Fundamental First Step:
Sensitive Data Discovery


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PKWARE empowers you to find and lock down data so that you can meet compliance

goals and protect critically important information.

Meet SOX standards for

protecting and retaining

sensitive information

Keep sensitive data safe

from internal and external

cyber threats

Lower IT infrastructure costs

across every platform with a

single solution for encrypting

and compressing data

Eliminate the negative

consequences of a

data breach

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