Critical data: How to decide what’s mission critical
Critical data: How to decide what’s mission critical

You already know that some applications and data are more valuable than others. For example, customer profiles are much more important than past corporate photos lingering on the network. Meanwhile, a great deal of data is crucial to the long-term health of your business.

IoT Challenges becoming a major roadblock for IG professionals
IoT Challenges becoming a major roadblock for IG professionals

Internet challenges have recently become a hot topic due to the continuing proliferation of IoT devices. But what is IoT, exactly, and how does it affect Information Governance? Depending on who you ask, the answer to this question appears to be in the shadowy area now linking once inanimate objects to the rest of the world.

Merger madness: Turning an IT headache into an opportunity in 5 easy steps
Merger madness: Turning an IT headache into an opportunity in 5 easy steps

A large merger or acquisition calls for a smart data management and data restoration plan that will unite disparate worlds of information. It's also a great way for each enterprise to do some important housecleaning. Consider these 5 steps for joining both companies' data before and during the merger

Your Destruction Policy: You either have a Retention and Disposition Policy or you don’t
Your Destruction Policy: You either have a Retention and Disposition Policy or you don’t

One of the most difficult tasks that every Information Governance (IG) program must deal with is getting rid of information assets that have exceeded the retention schedule. This is particularly true at the beginning of a program, when people are being asked to give up on “their stuff” or think disposition is too big of a task to take on when there are more important things to do.

Going Paperless: Document Conversion and Imaging
Going Paperless: Document Conversion and Imaging

Have you started to think about “going paperless” with the help of document imaging? Maybe you have a new electronic document management system, its storage provider contract review time or you’ve simply run out of filing cabinets.

Records Storage: Should you do it yourself?
Records Storage: Should you do it yourself?

If you think about it, the records you keep — on finances, customers, employees, equipment and inventory — are the fuel that keeps your business running. Without them, your organisation would come to a standstill. And the more successful your company is, the more importance you should place on records storage.

Executing Data Migration and Data Restoration Best Practices
Executing Data Migration and Data Restoration Best Practices

Restoring data in the wake of a disaster or other sudden loss poses several challenges. Legacy data, in particular, is often spread across the organisation in multiple formats. Over time, as data moves from format to format and one storage site to another, the risk of mishandling, theft and compliance violations increases.

Disposing of IT Assets: “You found what on those hard drives?”
Disposing of IT Assets: “You found what on those hard drives?”

Some organisations dispose of their IT assets by recycling what they can and discarding the rest. For others, this process involves reselling parts that still hold some market value. Although today’s industry has a strong focus on compliance, governance and security, there are still several accounts of sensitive business or personal data falling into the wrong hands due to the improper disposing of IT assets.

3 Bad Habits of Data Management
3 Bad Habits of Data Management

Most IT workers are guilty of at least one or two transgressions when it comes to managing their data. But can any single bad habit cause a company irreparable harm? Unfortunately, yes. At the very least, these transgressions will cost your organisation time and money.

Records Management Merger: Best Ways to Handle the Merging of Records
Records Management Merger: Best Ways to Handle the Merging of Records

As your company continues to grow, merger and acquisition activity is likely to increase. While growth and expansion have the potential to augment profit/loss margins, some aspects of mergers can pose challenges — especially if they’re not addressed early on in the process.

Healthcare Data Quality and Integrity: Risk and Rewards for Medical Providers
Healthcare Data Quality and Integrity: Risk and Rewards for Medical Providers

As the healthcare industry embraces digital technologies, more health data will become available to doctors, nurses, data scientists and other medical professionals. Unfortunately, as electronic data capture has proliferated, many organisations have run into major issues related to healthcare data quality and integrity. The two largest issues are mismatched or duplicate patient records and low-quality clinical data.

The Importance of a Regular Records Management Policy Audit
The Importance of a Regular Records Management Policy Audit

Even the best records management processes need to be re-evaluated from time to time. Regular records management policy audits or "check-ups" ensure that the records management methodology in place is still effective and meeting the needs of the company.

Rethinking Data Ownership in the Age of the IoT
Rethinking Data Ownership in the Age of the IoT

By now, everyone has probably seen solar panels sprouting up on rooftops across the world. What you haven’t seen, or really thought about, is the data ownership issues that come along with the panels.

Mitigate Identity Fraud with Routine Precautions
Mitigate Identity Fraud with Routine Precautions

International Fraud Awareness Week in November highlights how infamous fraud scandals cost your industry. Identity fraud is not a crime confined to individuals, the damage to businesses can also be fatal. Simple, routine precautions can go a long way in protecting your confidential information.

Health Check your Information Management Practices
Health Check your Information Management Practices

Audit is a five-letter word that often doesn’t create much excitement. However, when it comes to your information management program, it is a very efficient diagnostic tool. A regular audit process will produce the insights and recommendations to drive business improvement and operational excellence.

Electronics Recycling: Compliance Without Compromise
Electronics Recycling: Compliance Without Compromise

As the amount of e-waste across the globe continues to grow, secure electronics recycling and disposal is becoming increasingly important. Servers, computers, smartphones and printers have a much shorter lifespan than ever. Keeping such toxic materials out of landfill and recovering some of the raw materials so they can be used again is viable for every organisation’s environmental compliance.

How to Protect Electronic Data on Devices
How to Protect Electronic Data on Devices

Many of us buy new devices each year. From mobile phones, to tablets, TVs and wearable tech, consumers around the globe can’t stop committing to the latest and next ‘big thing.’ But where do all of our old devices go, and how much of our electronic data do they take with them?

4 Key Trends Indicate Upsurge in IG Interest
4 Key Trends Indicate Upsurge in IG Interest

Information Governance (IG) is rapidly emerging as one of today’s most pressing business topics. IG is an evolutionary process for every business and organisations are at different stages of maturity. There are four common threads to any conversation about IG that have shaped businesses today.

Refresh Your Information Governance Road Map
Refresh Your Information Governance Road Map

Spring is the perfect time to refresh your information governance road map. Goaded by the explosive growth of digital content, devices and cloud storage, smart organisations are morphing traditional records management towards a more holistic information governance road map, accounting for digital information security, compliance and information asset life cycles across their enterprises.

Collaborative Information Management: 5 Things You Need to Know
Collaborative Information Management: 5 Things You Need to Know

As an Information Manager, you may often feel like your colleagues don't understand all of the tasks that you complete in order to protect your organisation's information and reduce risk. Here are five things about your role that you may want your colleagues to know.

To Shred or Recycle? No Need to Choose
To Shred or Recycle? No Need to Choose

When your company partners with a secure shredding service that offers a certified recycling program, you’re getting the best of both worlds; you’re supporting the environment, fulfilling your Corporate Social Responsibility without compromising confidentiality and security.

Evolution of Smartphone Records Management
Evolution of Smartphone Records Management

A little over 10 years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the world to the first ever iPhone. This ground-breaking device made a significant impact on the world in the years since. With each new edition of the iPhone, the device and software provided an even more sophisticated piece of technology that gave users the opportunity to truly unleash the power of their mobile devices.

How Does Your Company Handle Personal Information?
How Does Your Company Handle Personal Information?

In this digital age, consumers trust a number of different outlets to handle personal information, including everything from their credit card data to their Internet search history. What steps can organisations take to establish transparency about storing and using this data?

Understanding data restoration in today’s complex regulatory environment
Understanding data restoration in today’s complex regulatory environment

While every firm may have variations on how they handle electronic discovery, there are some basic tenets that apply across the board. The challenge is to establish a framework in which electronic discovery disrupts business operations as little as possible, while still answering legal or regulatory requirements.

How to Properly Dispose of Electronic Waste
How to Properly Dispose of Electronic Waste

Picture a distant storeroom—really just an unused office—stacked to the ceiling with turn-of-the-century PCs, monitors, servers, and printers. They're dead...but they aren't gone. And they may still be full of confidential data that must never leave your control. It's a tricky (and dusty) problem.

The Records Management Lifecycle: How to Handle Every Step
The Records Management Lifecycle: How to Handle Every Step

Business information and data has a natural lifecycle that spans from creation to disposal. The quality and integrity of each step in the management of records is crucial, since the records information lifecycle is intended to safeguard the privacy, integrity and accessibility of all data obtained, stored, utilised and managed by a business.

Managing Records in a
Managing Records in a "Keep It All" Environment

Daily tasks are becoming increasingly challenging for records managers who are working in a "keep it all" environment. Some organisations must keep all records indefinitely. In this environment, some of the biggest concerns will be storage space and find-ability