Over the last decade-or-so, regulatory standards have become an increasingly important part of doing business across the planet. Whether it’s a small eCommerce site out of Norway or a mega health insurance company in New York City, nearly every modern business has some industry standard that it needs to comply with. And whether it’s a federal law, like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, or an international industry specification, like ISO 27001, hosting providers (especially those offering backup and disaster recovery) are often responsible for helping their clients achieve and maintain their compliance with these standards.
Let me just get this out of the way now: This article is not meant to provide legal advice for organizations who need to comply with these standards. If that's what you're looking for then, my apologies, this isn't the article you're looking for.