Information governance is a holistic approach to managing corporate information by implementing
processes, roles, controls and metrics that treat
information as a valuable business asset.
Organizations with good information governance know the who, what, when, where, why and
how of their information:
- Who has access to this information?
- What is this information?
- When was this information created or processed?
- Where is the information stored?
- Why is this information being retained?
- How is this information being stored/protected?
The goal of a holistic approach to information governance is to make information assets
available to those who need it, while streamlining management, reducing storage costs and ensuring
compliance. This, in turn, allows the company to reduce the legal risks associated with
unmanaged or inconsistently managed information and be more agile in response to a changing
See also: Generally
Accepted Recordkeeping Principles (GARP), e-discovery,
content management, enterprise search, enterprise
document management, enterprise data
This was last updated in March 2011
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