3 Reasons You Need to Get Serious about Information Governance and Information Risk
John Mancini

By: John Mancini on February 2nd, 2015

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3 Reasons You Need to Get Serious about Information Governance and Information Risk

Information Governance  |  Compliance

The best time to get serious about information governance is yesterday. The second best time is now. 

For years we have been accumulating information in various forms from paper to electronic documents and social media content such as blog posts and tweets. Many organizations think that they have to keep all of this information. What they fail to realize is that not all information is equal. By keeping information that isn’t needed and not following an information governance plan, organizations put themselves in jeopardy. Proper information governance includes getting rid of information that no longer has any value to the organization. Simply put: you don’t need to keep it all – and you shouldn’t.

The more information your organization accumulates, the more risk it generates. This combined with cascading changes in legal requirements means that organizations need to get serious about information governance. Here are three reasons why:

  1. Expanding Legal Requirements

    In 2006, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were changed to make it clear that in legal proceedings and during discovery, electronic information needed to be managed with the same kind of discipline as paper-based information. This includes formal records like contracts as well as informal communications like emails and instant messages. These requirements have gotten more aggressive since then.

  2. Expanding and Often Conflicting Compliance Requirements

    In addition, most companies also face industry-specific laws and compliance requirements tied to how they manage information. These kinds of unique rules exist for just about every industry. These rules also vary by country, adding to the complexity for any organization that operates at scale.

  3. Expanding Information Security Challenges

    The list of front-page security breaches and information management disasters gets longer by the day -- think about the IRS email scandal and Target, Home Depot, and Sony hacks, to name a few. These problems are not just embarrassing; they directly impact credibility, trust, and value.


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About John Mancini

John Mancini is the President of Content Results, LLC and the Past President of AIIM. He is a well-known author, speaker, and advisor on information management, digital transformation and intelligent automation. John is a frequent keynote speaker and author of more than 30 eBooks on a variety of topics. He can be found on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook as jmancini77. Recent keynote topics include: The Stairway to Digital Transformation Navigating Disruptive Waters — 4 Things You Need to Know to Build Your Digital Transformation Strategy Getting Ahead of the Digital Transformation Curve Viewing Information Management Through a New Lens Digital Disruption: 6 Strategies to Avoid Being “Blockbustered” Specialties: Keynote speaker and writer on AI, RPA, intelligent Information Management, Intelligent Automation and Digital Transformation. Consensus-building with Boards to create strategic focus, action, and accountability. Extensive public speaking and public relations work Conversant and experienced in major technology issues and trends. Expert on inbound and content marketing, particularly in an association environment and on the Hubspot platform. John is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, and holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.