Stephen E. Arnold: Only 58% of US-UK Companies and Information Governance Policies

IO Impotency, IO Privacy
Stephen E. Arnold
Stephen E. Arnold

Recommind Survey Shows Stats Related to Information Governance

January 16, 2014

The article titled Bridging the Global Information Governance Gap on IDM offers more governance advice from the findings of Recommind’s survey of US and UK companies. The survey posed questions related to information governance (IG), which is “a cross-departmental approach to optimising [sic] the value of information simultaneously associated risks and costs.” We had thought Recommind was a variant of the Autonomy type of system, we are learning new things every day. Their survey revealed that only 58% of companies in the US have an IG policy. The article quotes the global head of information governance at Recommind, Dean Gonsowski:

“It is this over-reliance on employee-based governance that is giving organizations a false sense of security. While it’s positive that organisations recognize the need for information governance, many are still not taking the requisite steps to truly govern their information in a proactive manner. In fact, many are still in the dark about governance and don’t have a full sense of the data deluge they are currently facing.”

He went on to explain that there are tools to remove the risky reliance on individuals. Not only can IG diminish the risks, but can also aid in the response efficiency of eDiscovery requests. Keeping data protected and also accessible is vital, and most US companies have not taken the proper precautions.

Chelsea Kerwin, January 16, 2014

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Phi Beta Iota: NSA does not have an “Information Governance” policy — neither does the US Army.  Had they had such policies, the damages done by Chealsea Manning and Edward Snowden would have been avoided. However, even the best policies, using the best “data at rest” encryption combined with explicit automated channeling of what and how much individual employees can access, are vulnerable to the reality that NSA and GCHQ have betrayed the public trust for decades and refused to execute their assigned missions of helping the private sector protect its data. The original concept was simple: make US telecommunications and computing the safest in the world, and break into everyone else’s. NSA lost its moral and intellectual compass no later than 1995, when it chose to sacrifice the security of US commerce to its own convenience.

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NSA @ Phi Beta Iota

Cyber @ Phi Beta Iota