Information can be your greatest ally
Information Governance is the strategy organisations are deploying to proactively manage information risk. This strategy requires the systematic integration of people, process, and technology to effectively identify and protect the organisation’s most critical information, while simultaneously eliminating information that contains no value.
This strategy is achieved through a multi-faceted approach of gaining visibility, taking action, and assuming control over information. Successful execution of these steps will remove organisational barriers to information decision-making.
Gain Visibility, Expose Risk
33% of all data stored is classified as Redundant, Obsolete, or Trivial (ROT).
52% is Dark Data whose value is unknown.
The first stage of an Information Governance strategy requires gaining insight into your organisation’s information ecosystem. Critical intelligence regarding your information’s age, location, and ownership provide the roadmap for effective information decision-making. Understanding the risk profile of your information allows your organisation to shift from the “store everything” mentality to a value-focused perspective.
Take Action | Execute Decisions
Once organisations have visibility into their information footprint, they must take action. Ultimately, the choice is between retention, protection, and deletion. By leveraging critical insights into the value of their information, organisations can assign classifications, deploy policies, and initiate cleanup.
Information Governance does not occur overnight. Rather, it evolves from a systematic approach that brings together the right people, process, and technology. By assembling the appropriate stakeholders to develop sustainable policies, organisations will ensure successful governance initiatives outlast individual projects.
Additionally, technologies that integrate and automate will drastically reduce the manual effort required to manage the Governance workflow and improve the organisations ability to mitigate information risk.