The Information Governance Forum is the first program developed and delivered through new partnership between the IGI and Today’s General Counsel Institute (TGCI). The partnership between IGI and TGCI is focused on bringing IG insight to information professionals of all backgrounds and reflects the growing multidisciplinary nature of IG and recognizes the critical role that general counsels play in IG.
Based on a roundtable format that is ideal for emerging challenges like IG, this 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 IGI’s Annual Report research, this 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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 ideas including: 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:
- 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, led 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.
- 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 nor 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.
- 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.
- 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.
The Forum will be an exciting, engaging, and interactive day. Don’t come expecting to sit on your hands. Register, today.