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What Do Resilient Information Leaders Do Differently? Learn Nine Habits that Lead to Success!

Join our webinar, 9 Habits of Resilient Information Leaders, on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 PM CDT (2:00-3:00 EST). In the midst of high-stakes litigation the ediscovery battle can become heated, stressful, and demanding. Join our webinar to find out what sets resilient information leaders apart from the rest and how that leads to success, even when the going gets tough. Register, today!

The panel includes:

  • Barclay T. Blair, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Information Governance Initiative (IGI) and originator of the concept and framework for the resilient information leader.
  • Dean Gonsowksi, VP of business development at kCura.
  • George Socha, co-founder of EDRM and managing director for thought at BDO.
  • Brian Stempel, director of litigation technology at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

The panel will share their thoughts and insights gained from years of working with legal teams, technologists, and other IG professional

Topic the panel will discuss:

  • The nine habits of resilient leaders that set them apart from the rest.
  • Actual examples of this habits in action and sometimes not
  • Practical steps for how you can apply what you’ve learned in your own work

Register, today, to save yourself a seat. Unable to attend? Register to receive access to a recording of the webinar after the event.


From Ashley Madison to the eBay Hack: Cybersecurity Best Practices

Data breaches are on the rise. How can your organization avoid being the next headline? Join Barclay T. Blair, executive director of the IGI along with a panel of experts on this webinar discussion hosted by IGI Charter Supporter kCura and moderated by Dean Gonsowski. The panel also includes John Loveland, managing director at Consilio, a new IGI Supporter for 2016, and Judy Selby, partner at Baker Hostetler.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CDT

Tailored to IG professionals of all kinds (including attorney and information security professionals, our discussion will cover:

  • The connection between information governance and cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity threats are worth your attention and resources
  • How in-house counsel are playing an increasingly active role in cybersecurity strategy
  • What companies can do to mitigate the risk of a breach

Register to attend here. 



IGI Celebrates 2nd Anniversary During Legaltech Week

Flashback to February 2015. Our team sat down the week after Legaltech New York exhausted and wondered how much better could it be then to celebrate a successful first year during one of the biggest legal technology events of the year.

Well year 2 is even better. The weather even cooperated.

We began the week on February 2nd with a session sponsored by IGI Charter Supporter Hewlett Packard Enterprise titled Ditch That Data to Mitigate Risk and Reduce Legal Spend featuring our Executive Director, Barclay T. Blair; Mark W. Cowing of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP; and Michael Simon of Seventh Samurai and moderated by Greg Clark of Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Barclay also spoke that afternoon on Charter Supporter kCura’s session From Ashley Madison to the Sony Hack-Cybersecurity Strategy Best Practices for 2016. The panel also included Judy Selby of Baker Hostetler and John Loveland of Consilio and was moderated by Dean Gonsowski of kCura.

We held our anniversary party that night over 300 guests showed up to join us in our celebrations. Thank you to Guidance Software, Active Navigation, Bryan University, EDRM and Legal Technology Professionals Institute for sponsoring the event. This was the second year Active Navigation and Bryan University joined us to celebrate.

On February 3rd, we were up bright and early with our Advisory Board and Industry Committee members discussing the IGI’s plans for 2016 including our upcoming annual survey, benchmarking interviews, CIGO Summit, IG Boot Camps, and plenty of blogs, white papers, case studies and other publications that you can use for your IG programs.

Following our Advisory Board and Industry Committee meeting was a panel featuring IGI co-founder, Bennett Borden titled Questions and Answers: Analytics for Investigations & Compliance. The panel also featured Avi Gesser of Davis Polk, and Wardwell and Alex Ponce de Leon of Google and moderated by Alexis Clark of Charter Supporter Recommind.

IGI Co-Chair, Jason R. Baron spoke on a panel that afternoon titled The Science of Predictive Coding: How Has TREC Changed E-discovery and What Have We Learned From the 2015 TREC Total Recall Track? Jason’s co-panelists included Ralph Losey of Jackson Lewis and Jim Sullivan of Kroll Ontrack and was moderated by Emily Cobb of Ropes & Gray.

The IGI also held an Executive Dinner that evening at Mastro’s Steakhouse sponsored by IGI Supporters Viewpointe and ZL Technologies. Guests from organizations including NBCUniversal, McKesson Corporation, Baxalta, Wells Fargo and several other stayed late into the evening sharing small and big wins they had over the last year and what challenges and topics they would like to see the IGI address in 2016.

We finished the week on February 4th with a Keynote Panel: Private Network Servers, Deleted Emails & Texts and Other Controversies in the News featuring Jason R. Baron, Edward B. MacMahon, Jr. and the Hon. Shira A. Scheindlin and moderated by Daniel J.Capra of Fordham Law School.

It’s hard to believe we launched the Information Governance Initiative at Legaltech 2014 and we thank you for your continued support over the last two years. We’re looking forward to another great year and can’t wait to celebrate again with you next year.

Don’t forget to join or log in to our online community to check out how far we and the IG community have come.



On January 22, 2015, the IGI and Charter Supporter, kCura, produced a live webinar entitled, Building Information Governance Policies and Workflows. The webinar was a follow up to the IGI Boot Camp held at kCura’s Relativity Fest in 2014. Several hundred practitioners listened in as Bennett B. Borden (IGI Founder and Chair) and Rene Laurens (kCura) described a practical approach to data remediation. Remediation is an IG process directed at bringing order to information. It is not merely deletion, although deletion can and often should be a significant part of a data remediation project. Rather, data remediation is focused on the overall management of information and enabling critical IG activities, including cleaning up, organizing, or migrating information.

Bennett discussed how remediation is a common IG starting point for many organizations. He also presented a remediation methodology that is explained in detail in our recent white paper, The Role of Remediation in Information Governance, available to subscribers on our community site. Rene offered a live demonstration of the methodology in action using a mock data set.

Bennett drew a connection between the process of conducting e-discovery and the IG workflows at the center of the remediation process.

“The e-discovery process is identical to a data remediation process where now we’re looking for information that is specific to a particular subject which may be a records class or a particular kind of document. What we have learned in e-discovery can inform these remediation projects. So, if you are doing e-discovery, you already have the expertise in house to do data remediation projects. Often companies get paralyzed around the complexity of remediation. But in many cases they already know how to do it,” said Bennett.

Bennett also discussed how even basic remediation steps can return significant dividends. For example, knowing where your information is allows you to get to it faster and more cheaply if you are hit with a discovery or other investigative request. It can also make business processes more efficient. However, the biggest impediment to remediation projects is not the technology, but the lack of maturity around the decision-making required for successful remediation projects. The power of IG is bringing together all of the stakeholders and coordinating them to make remediation and other IG projects successful.

The webinar recording is available through our community site resources page, here. If you are working on a remediation project and have questions, use our community forums to get insight from your peers who have already gone through the process



I am proud to announce that we have grown by 100% since our launch just one year ago. We are humbled and honored that so many great organizations have decided to join us in promoting the practice of Information Governance. We all share the conviction that IG is the best chance that organizations have to truly get their information under control and to maximize its value. That’s why we created the Information Governance Initiative – and why we want you to be a part of it.

The IGI launched with a group of Charter Supporters that included Active Navigation, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Equivio, Fontis International, HP Autonomy, Iron Mountain, kCura, Nuix, OpenText, Recall, Recommind, RSD, ViaLumina, Xerox, and ZyLAB. Our Charter Supporters joined us when the IGI was nothing more than an idea and a promise, and we are pleased that each of them (minus one who was acquired by another) will continue to support us in 2015. Later in 2014 we were also joined by Viewpointe LLC.

Today we are honored to announce the new group of innovative companies that have joined the IGI. Joining us today are DTI, Duff & Phelps, EQD, Exterro, Huron Consulting Group, Kroll OnTrack, and Mindseye. We thank them all for their generous support.

Over the past year our dedicated staff has made great progress in furthering our mission. We published our 2014-2015 Annual Report, the first definitive look at the IG concept, market, and discipline. We talked to hundreds of IG practitioners across the globe. We held our very successful IG Boot Camp events. We spoke around the globe. We launched our online community. We broke bread with dozens of senior IG practitioners and heard about their concerns and successes. We built strong partnerships in big data, e-discovery and health information management. We created an incredible advisory board with representatives from the major facts of IG. We weighed in on important legislative developments. We published IG case studies and white papers. We had online hangouts and webinars. It was a busy year.

This year is going to be even busier, with even more of these activities planned. We will hold our first annual Chief Information Governance Officer Summit in Chicago May 20-21. We are holding Boot Camps and executive dinners across the country. We are launching our Task Force program where we will work with IG practitioners to create real, practical IG tools, starting with a model IG steering committee charter. We have other big announcements planned, so stay tuned.

This week will be a busy week for the IGI and our supporters. We are holding a NYC Boot Camp in partnership with Cardozo Law School. We are having our first anniversary cocktail reception. We are delivering a shorter version of our Boot Camp as part of the LTNY program, meeting with our Industry Committee, and speaking several times. We hope to see you there.




Our second “boot camp” at Charter Supporter, kCura’s, Relativity Fest in Chicago in October was a success.  The IGI leadership team— Barclay T. Blair, Bennett B. Borden, Jason R. Baron, and Jay Brudz—guided the over 50 participants through a series of working sessions on information governance (IG) designed to provide them with a practical, hands-on experience.

During the breakout sessions, participants had an opportunity to work with their peers to explore the various facets of IG, to see an IG steering committee in action, and to build a project plan for tackling a specific IG project.  This boot camp also delved deeper into the topic of remediation.  Participants were introduced to the concept of remediation, to an organizing principle for remediation, and to a maturity model framework and methodology for remediation activities. In connection with the boot camp, the IGI released a new paper, The Role of Remediation in Information Governance.

“We received great feedback on the IGI Boot Camp held at our user conference, Relativity Fest, in October, so are planning a mini boot camp on data remediation for LegalTech New York this February.  Our customers get a lot out of it, and we love that we can offer a hands-on environment for practitioners to dive into information governance alongside their peers.”—Nick Robertson, Vice President of Product & Marketing at kCura

Stay tuned for more details on upcoming IGI boot camps and other events, here.  To register for the mini boot camp, click here.