Today’s General Counsel Institute (TGCI) and Information Governance Initiative (IGI) are pleased to announce a new partnership focused on bringing information governance (IG) insight to information professionals from all backgrounds. The [...]
Today’s General Counsel Institute (TGCI) and Information Governance Initiative (IGI) are pleased to announce a new partnership focused on bringing information governance (IG) insight to information professionals from all backgrounds.
The Information Governance Forum: Atlanta is the first event developed and delivered through the partnership. Building off TGCI’s highly regarded roundtable format that is recognized for its excellence around the world, our inaugural Forum will focus on facilitated conversations designed to rapidly increase your IG insight and fluency. Beginning with a discussion of IG as a concept, discipline and market based on the IGI’s definitive Annual Report research series, our day of peer discussion will move through a broad range of topics, each with a practical implication for IG programs at all levels of maturity. The day will be engaging and interactive: do not come and expect to sit on your hands. Though we work hard to bring faculty representing the industry’s foremost experts, we have no illusions that the most valuable insights you will gain at the Forum will be your peer’s hard-won insights. Our charge is simply to bring the right practitioners together and shape this unique discussion.
8:30am – 9:00am
Continental Breakfast and Registration
9:00am - 9:15am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15am - 10:00am
Session 1: Information Governance and You: Framing the Discussion
Information Governance is a nascent discipline that many legal and other professionals are encountering for the first time. To help us establish a common frame of reference for the day’s discussions, our faculty will present and discuss key IGI research about how organizations define IG, who is in charge, and what projects they are actually doing. This will drive our peer discussion about:
- Your role and why you are interested in IG.
- What you are hoping to get out of the day.
- The critical IG questions you want answered.
- Your organization’s IG maturity and you current projects.
10:00am - 10:45am
Session 2: Who Is Doing IG, and What Are They Doing?
The best way to understand how to move forward with IG is to hear about actual examples of the IG projects and activities that organizations are doing. In this session we will hear from organizations that have adopted IG and learn:
- How they got started.
- Biggest challenges and how to overcome them.
- Tips for selling IG internally.
- How to promote IG: risk reduction or value creation?
10:45am - 11:00am
11:00am - 11:45pm
Session 3: Identifying and Coordinating IG Stakeholders
In the group exercise, our faculty will take you through a battle-tested methodology for identifying the critical IG stakeholders and what they care about, while identifying areas where they are most likely to cooperate or resist. Throughout this exercise, we will learn:
- Why IG needs a new kind of senior leader at the C-level.
- Why a siloed approach to managing information will fail.
- How IG serves a coordinating function between the various facets of IG.
- How to identify the key facets of IG.
- To identify the interests/values/line of sight for the stakeholders of each stakeholder.
- How these interests can conflict, be in alignment, and begin to think about how synergies might be created.
11:45pm - 1:00pm
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Session 4: The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and IG: What You Can Do Today
In 2016, fewer developments in IG are as profound as the new changes to the US Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. These amendments lay the groundwork for fundamentally changing the way courts adjudicate proportionality and sanctions in e-discovery, potentially giving IG practitioners a new level of certainty in taking control of their information.
But, organizations must move carefully and deliberately. Our peer discussion, lead by FRCP and IG experts, will discuss the practical impact of the FRCP changes and what organizations must be doing today to address and take advantage of these changes in their IG programs.
1:45pm - 2:30pm
Session 5: IG and Cybersecurity: The Role of the General Counsel and the IG Team
We see a new conversation about cybersecurity starting. Post data breach, institutions are not only asking, “How could we have protected this information better?” but also, “Why do we have this information in the first place?” Unfortunately most organizations have neither the corporate governance framework or the business process to answer this deceptively simple question in a way that satisfies legal, IT, or the business. IG provides a potential solution to this problem, and GCs are well positioned with expertise, and authority to step up and lead. Our peer discussion in this session will focus on what GCs taking this on have learned and what the rest of us can take away about using IG for preventing, preparing for, and responding to data breaches and other cybersecurity challenges.
Key questions we will discuss include:
- Is the General Counsel’s office taking a greater role when it comes to cybersecurity? If so, why and what is that role becoming?
- From a corporate governance perspective, have you adapted to this new information landscape by changing the way that the GC’s office, IT, privacy, and the business report, plan, and communicate? Has the GC’s office set up any steering committees or similar to specifically address IG, and if so what can you tell us about the remit of these committees and their operational cadence?
- Have you seen a more active role for GCs in driving decisions about what information the organizations should keep vs. get rid of, and have you seen any acceleration of interest in this question as a result of cybersecurity or other factors?
- In organizations that are not necessarily thought of as “regulated” in the traditional sense, the regulatory drivers for getting your information house in order are not as direct. So, what drives the GC’s office to take a leadership role in information governance and how is that described to the business?
- Is leadership on cybersecurity and IG issues a good fit culturally for the GC’s office? Often GCs are seen as the police or the “business prevention department,” so does that hobble their ability to have credibility with the business when it comes to guiding or directing them on the asset at the center of their operations, i.e., their information?
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:30pm
Session 6: Automating Information Governance
No less an authority than the US National Archives and Records Administration has declared that the future of managing and governing information is automation. However, automation can mean many things, from NARA’s “capstone” approach to email management that applies rules based on employee role, to the most sophisticated algorithmic forms of automated classification and discovery of data’s “meaning.” The good news is that many of these techniques have already been through a kind of trial by fire in the e-discovery realm, and IG practitioners have learned important lessons that can help us put these next-generation tools and techniques to work today.
- Forms of automation available, from the simplest to the most complex.
- Use cases from e-discovery and elsewhere.
- Pitfalls and unexpected expense in automation.
- Problem areas that are the best candidates for automation.
- Legal and regulatory issues in automation.
- Inexpensive and simple ways to get started.
3:30pm - 4:15pm
Session 7: Quantified IG
Throughout the day we have focused on a wide range of immediate IG challenges that organizations face, and have learned ways to tackle them. However it is also critical for all of us to keep one eye on what’s next, so we are not (or at least less) surprised by macro and micro-trends in law, technology, corporate governance and other areas of business and life. One of these critical trends is what the IGI calls “Quantified IG” and it is about IG practitioners and programs adopting the data-driven techniques that are radically changing everything from how much food we eat and how much we exercise (i.e., through fitness trackers) to the most consequential public policy decisions about healthcare and global finance. However, in many areas of IG, decisions are still being made based on nothing more than tradition, supposition, and superstition. We will discuss:
- Measuring the real risk that your decision to throw outdated and duplicate information away will be challenged successfully in court and how that should drive your IGI program.
- Identifying the metrics that matter to your organization.
- Key performance indicators for IG.
- Communicating IG requirements to IT.
- Working with the data analysts.
- Use cases: learning from other industries.
4:15pm - 5:15pm
(Thursday) 8:30 am - 5:15 pm
3344 Peachtree Road, Suite 2600, Atlanta, GA 30326
Today's General Counsel Institute and IGI
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Information governance is the activities and technologies that organizations employ to maximize the value of their information while minimizing associated risks and costs.
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