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Iron Mountain Launches New IG Resources Site

Are you an information governance professional who’s always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help you become even better in your role? You may find exactly what you’re looking for on InfoGoTo, a new website that focuses on serving content to everyone involved in the creation and management of information.

Launched in April by Iron Mountain, a charter supporter of the IGI, InfoGoTo, as the name suggests, seeks to become the go-to destination for IG professionals looking for helpful, insightful, and educational content.

“Whether you’re a RIM professional looking for creative ways to implement training programs, a governance and compliance manager seeking best practices for creating an internal culture of compliance, or an IT manager researching options for secure IT asset disposition, InfoGoTo is a trusted resource to help you manage your information needs,” the website’s About Us section reads.

The site features five topics: IG, Regulations & Compliance, Privacy & Security, Storage & Destruction, Training & Awareness, and Professional Development. It also has industry-specific content, with stories about the legal, healthcare, and financial services sectors on display.

For the month of May, InfoGoTo will publish content around the following themes: professional development and hiring skills, defensible disposition, IG leadership, and the state of tape. For June, the site will focus on how to create a culture of compliance and the effect of digital transformation on RIM and IG.

Sound like the content is right up your alley? Head on over to the site and check it out. Who knows? It could quickly become your go-to source for all things IG.

 

Information Governance Oversight: Questions for Board Members To Ask

Jason R. Baron, Of Counsel at Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP and Co-chair of the Information Governance Initiative, has published an article in Ethical Boardroom titled, “Information Governance Oversight: Questions for Board Members To Ask.” The article provides insight into the emergence of a variety of calls for boards of directors to be asking questions of their CEOs, CISOs and CIOs about how companies are preparing for breaches and how they will deal with their aftermath through agreed protocols.

While factoring in cyber risk as an increasingly real part of the corporate world, arguably there is an even more fundamental material weakness across the enterprise that boards of directors should be addressing: the company’s lack of a clear information governance strategy or framework for decision-making.

Information governance has been defined as “the activities and technologies that organizations employ to maximize the value of their information while minimizing risks and costs”. Of course, a part of the overall risk posed by data is the possibility of cyber breach. But there is much more to information governance than simply addressing one’s security concerns. At bottom, there are the questions of why and how data has been left to accumulate in the first place and what policies are in place to manage and control its continued growth.

There are a host of overlapping issues surrounding not only security and preservation of data but also touching on data sensitivities and privacy, access to data in litigation and investigations, regulatory compliance and, increasingly, performing analytics for the purpose of monetizing corporate data assets. Board focus on cyber breach issues alone is a start, but, high-level attention should be paid to a much broader range of technical and policy issues touching on all aspects of the overall corporate data environment.

Read Jason’s full comments in “Information Governance Oversight: Questions for Board Members To Ask.

 

Information Governance Benchmark 2017: The Business Value of Long-Term Digital Information

In 2016 we were pleased to work closely with IGI Supporter Preservica to benchmark the state of the industry on the critical issue of governing and preserving long-term digital information. Our Benchmark Report exposed the troubling dynamic that while virtually every organization (98%) needs digital information for longer than ten years, very few (16%) have a viable approach.

This year, we dig even deeper, trying to get to the bottom of this dysfunctional dynamic and learn what IG professionals are doing about it.

The upshot?

Our 2017 research could not be clearer: long-term digital information is more important than ever. It's driving business value and protecting organizations from risk. It is also proliferating, and can be found in more business functions and systems that before. Finally, the consequences of failing to properly govern and preserve long-term digital information only grow graver, with the impact felt all the way up to the CEO and board of directors.

Here are some additional highlights:

It’s the C-suite that suffers most. IG professionals told us that their CEOs, General Counsels, heads of Records Management, CIOs, and Boards of Directors are those most affected by failure in this area. Dropping the ball on governing and preserving long-term digital information not only creates multiple sources of legal, security, and compliance risks, but it also starves the organization of the information raw materials it needs to understand what happened so it can intelligently predict what will happen. As big data technologies and techniques continue to radically improve our ability to harness our data, this failure will only grow as a grave threat to competitiveness and innovation.

Business value rises to compliment risk. Value and risk are two sides of the same coin –a dynamic that has played out since the very beginning of commerce itself. But while legal and regulatory requirements have long driven preservation and governance of long-term digital information, the quest for business value is rising as a major driver too. In fact, the vast majority of organizations (83%) realize (or plan to realize) direct business value from their long-term digital information, targeting areas like market analysis, product development, and customer service.

Proliferation across systems and functions. While it is no surprise that collaboration environments (e.g., file sync and share, enterprise content management) are identified by IG professionals as the most likely location for long-term digital information, we were surprised by other systems in the top five, including accounting and transactional systems. Long-term digital information is proliferating.

Awareness of technological solutions lags. Why do organizations struggle to realize business value from their long-term digital information? IG professionals told us that two of the biggest reasons are organizational immaturity and a lack of proper tools and technology. At the same time, they told us that capabilities like “ensuring readability and usability of information” and “proving authenticity and trustworthiness” are critical to their ability to govern and preserve long-term digital information. These are capabilities that can in fact only be delivered through technology, and in fact technology that has been designed specifically to address the range of challenges inherent to long-term digital information. These technologies are available today, and it is disappointing to see that awareness of them and access to them continues to plague organizations.

We have captured additional insights in a series of infographics that we encourage you to download and put to good use as you build support for solving this problem in your organization. It was a pleasure to work with Preservica on this research, and we hope you get value from its insights. We look forward to bringing you the next benchmark in 2018.

Click here to view & download the Preservica 2017 Benchmark Infographics in the IGI Community.

 

Don’t Forget to Register for our Post-LTNY Webinar

Reminder: Join Us for a Live Discussion on Wednesday, February 8th AT 1PM EDT

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In our first webinar of 2017, IGI leaders will host a discussion with subject matter experts from IGI Charter Supporter OpenText

UPDATE: Our experts will also share most important IG and E-Discovery trends and developments they just saw and heard at the LegalTech conference in New York, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2017.

We will discuss:

  • New delivery models for e-discovery capabilities that support a comprehensive approach to IG.
  • Evaluating the relationship between ECM and e-discovery as we mature and build our IG programs.
  • Perspectives on what IG and e-discovery will look like in the near future.

Register Now!

Discussion Participants

 

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Bennett B. Borden

Chief Data Scientist and Chair, IG and eDiscovery Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Founder and Chair, IGI

Bennett B. Borden  is a globally recognized authority on the legal, technological and policy implications of information. As Chief Data Scientist at DBR, Bennett is responsible for the firm’s data analytics strategy. He is founder and Chair of the Information Governance Initiative.

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Barclay T. Blair

Founder and Executive Director, IGI

Barclay T. Blair is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, software and hardware vendors, and government institutions, and is an author, speaker, and internationally recognized authority on information governance. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Information Governance Initiative.

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Hal Marcus

eDiscovery Attorney and Product Marketing Executive, OpenText

Hal Marcus works with the innovative team at Recommind, an OpenText company, to transform discovery through analytics. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Hal practiced as an intellectual property and antitrust litigator at an Am Law 100 Wall Street firm before embarking on a career in technology that now spans 20 years.

Register Now!

Webinar Background

We predict that 2017 will be a landmark year, with our research showing an accelerating number of organizations transitioning from talking IG to doing IG. While early adopters have now moved past foundational and risk-focused IG activities, the much larger middle segment has to date spent most of their time writing policies, establishing steering committees, and evaluating their technology options. This vast middle segment is beginning to shift into execution mode, implementing their IG frameworks into their technology environment, appointing IG directors and other IG leaders, and tackling their first big IG projects.

Nowhere will this be more obvious than at the intersection of e-discovery and IG. Like enterprise IT itself, e-discovery is experiencing massive disruption as heavily litigated organizations evaluate the right mix of service providers, cloud infrastructure, and internal technology horsepower and expertise. Traditional e-discovery approaches like “pay by the GB” that were based on service bureau models are less relevant in a reality where e-discovery is managed on a continuum as just one of many IG activities. This evolution creates new challenges, but also creates exciting opportunities for IG leaders to leverage the same tools, policies, and governance structures across their IG activities, instead of inefficiently managing e-discovery as an exception with its own set of rules and technologies.

In 2016, OpenText—best known as a leading provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software—acquired Recommind, a pioneer in the application of advanced analytics to find, review, and produce information in high-stakes e-discovery. The acquisition is an example of an IG provider “putting its money where its mouth is” in betting on a vision of truly integrated IG.

Join us on our first webinar of 2017, which will be a discussion between the leaders of IG and experts from OpenText following LTNY. This webinar will provide a valuable opportunity for the IG community to hear directly from OpenText about why they made the Recommind acquisition, what it means for customers of both organizations, and what it means for their vision of e-discovery and IG.

Register Now!

 

 

Book Launch at LegalTech NY

Please join IGI Co-Chair Jason R. Baron and other e-discovery and information governance luminaries at our reception for the launch of Jason's new book, "Perspectives on Predictive Coding," published by the American Bar Association. There is no better guide to current thinking and practice on advanced technologies for finding and governing information than found here from leading judges, computer scientists, e-discovery lawyers and other practitioners. Jason is the lead editor, and is joined by a host of leading thinkers in this area. Check out editor Ralph Losey's detailed post about the book for more information.

Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Drinker Biddle, 1177 Avenue of the Americas, 41st Floor, New York, New York 10036-2714

Register Now
Contact Iwona Stepniak with any questions about this event.

 

Webinar – IG and E-Discovery in 2017: Moving from Concept to Execution

Join Us for a Live Discussion on Wednesday, February 8th AT 1PM EDT

Register Now!

In our first webinar of 2017, IGI leaders will host a discussion with subject matter experts from IGI Charter Supporter OpenText

UPDATE: Our experts will also share most important IG and E-Discovery trends and developments they just saw and heard at the LegalTech conference in New York, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2017.

We will discuss:

  • New delivery models for e-discovery capabilities that support a comprehensive approach to IG.
  • Evaluating the relationship between ECM and e-discovery as we mature and build our IG programs.
  • Perspectives on what IG and e-discovery will look like in the near future.

Register Now!

Discussion Participants

Bennett B. Borden Headshot

Bennett B. Borden

Chief Data Scientist and Chair, IG and eDiscovery Group, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; Founder and Chair, IGI

Bennett B. Borden  is a globally recognized authority on the legal, technological and policy implications of information. As Chief Data Scientist at DBR, Bennett is responsible for the firm’s data analytics strategy. He is founder and Chair of the Information Governance Initiative.

Barclay T Blair Headshot

Barclay T. Blair

Founder and Executive Director, IGI

Barclay T. Blair is an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, software and hardware vendors, and government institutions, and is an author, speaker, and internationally recognized authority on information governance. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Information Governance Initiative.

20170113.hal.jpeg

Hal Marcus

eDiscovery Attorney and Product Marketing Executive, OpenText

Hal Marcus works with the innovative team at Recommind, an OpenText company, to transform discovery through analytics. A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Hal practiced as an intellectual property and antitrust litigator at an Am Law 100 Wall Street firm before embarking on a career in technology that now spans 20 years.

Register Now!

Webinar Background

We predict that 2017 will be a landmark year, with our research showing an accelerating number of organizations transitioning from talking IG to doing IG. While early adopters have now moved past foundational and risk-focused IG activities, the much larger middle segment has to date spent most of their time writing policies, establishing steering committees, and evaluating their technology options. This vast middle segment is beginning to shift into execution mode, implementing their IG frameworks into their technology environment, appointing IG directors and other IG leaders, and tackling their first big IG projects.

Nowhere will this be more obvious than at the intersection of e-discovery and IG. Like enterprise IT itself, e-discovery is experiencing massive disruption as heavily litigated organizations evaluate the right mix of service providers, cloud infrastructure, and internal technology horsepower and expertise. Traditional e-discovery approaches like “pay by the GB” that were based on service bureau models are less relevant in a reality where e-discovery is managed on a continuum as just one of many IG activities. This evolution creates new challenges, but also creates exciting opportunities for IG leaders to leverage the same tools, policies, and governance structures across their IG activities, instead of inefficiently managing e-discovery as an exception with its own set of rules and technologies.

In 2016, OpenText—best known as a leading provider of Enterprise Information Management (EIM) software—acquired Recommind, a pioneer in the application of advanced analytics to find, review, and produce information in high-stakes e-discovery. The acquisition is an example of an IG provider “putting its money where its mouth is” in betting on a vision of truly integrated IG.

Join us on our first webinar of 2017, which will be a discussion between the leaders of IG and experts from OpenText following LTNY. This webinar will provide a valuable opportunity for the IG community to hear directly from OpenText about why they made the Recommind acquisition, what it means for customers of both organizations, and what it means for their vision of e-discovery and IG.

Register Now!