#GRCchat: Streamline management and ensure compliance with a GRC plan

Our #GRCchat participants say that information governance should help them streamline management efforts, reduce storage costs and ensure compliance.

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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:

One tweet jam participant chimed in with another area ripe for cost reduction: digital footprints.

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.

This was first published in January 2014

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