Can Data Security Be Outsourced?

Monday, 15 July 2002, 2:14 PM EST

Many IT managers are familiar with the benefits ASPs (application service providers) offer. Faster deployment times, minimal IT support required, and overall lower TCO (total cost of ownership) - as much as 60% lower in some cases. So, why isn't everyone jumping on the ASP bandwagon? It usually comes down to trust. There's the perception that by outsourcing an enterprise application you're throwing all caution to the wind and inviting business competitors, hackers, or natural disasters to have their way with your corporate knowledge. Think about the way you protect your data and compare it to how ASPs handle data. You may be surprised to find that others can protect your data as well as or better than you can, and at a cheaper cost.

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