Information technology organizations concerned with information governance must prioritize readiness and be prepared to respond to questions such as these: When was this information created? Where is said information stored? How is this information being protected? Which individuals have access to this information?
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In answering these questions, organizations can achieve the overarching goal of information governance: to implement processes and controls that treat information as a valuable business asset and provide employees with data they can easily access -- and trust -- to make informed business decisions.
During SearchCompliance's inaugural #GRCchat tweet jam, we set out to learn more about our followers' motives for practicing information governance by prompting, "What is your top info governance goal: Streamline management, reduce storage costs or ensure compliance?" SearchCompliance Site Editor Ben Cole kicked off the conversation by suggesting numerous high-ranking goals:
Governing corporate information is crucial across all business processes; as such, streamlining management, minimizing storage costs and guaranteeing compliance are all top priorities. Tweet jam participants agreed with Cole, but there might be an important place to start when it comes to info governance:
#GRCchat A1 - All of the above. For us and our customers.— Keith Cerny (@kcerny) January 16, 2014
One tweet jam participant chimed in with another area ripe for cost reduction: digital footprints.
Hi #GRCchat Randy Moeller RIM Gov Mgr . A1 top goal as for many is reduce cost of e-footprint. survey shows 60% of companies increase...— Randy Moeller (@RJMrim) January 16, 2014
@ITCompliance Frm 1 of IT journals lst yr. But close is Gartner's IT Key Metrics rpt, on cost, like % of storage 5% in '09, 7% in '12.— Randy Moeller (@RJMrim) January 16, 2014
If IT leaders aren't extending their knowledge and resources beyond the realm of their IT department, it seems they're falling short, according to our #GRCchat participants. Groups enterprise-wide could benefit from ongoing lessons in compliance and risk management, according to Mike Chapple, an IT director in higher education:
Of course, it wouldn't be a well-rounded GRC talk without touching on current events and controversies, such as a certain retailer breach. Editorial Director Christina Torode offers one big piece of advice for goal-setting information governance professionals:
Stay tuned for more recaps from our first #GRCchat here on SearchCompliance. Our next tweet jam will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 12 p.m. EST. Until then, browse this month's conversation and add your two cents.