Information Governance Is Poor at Many Companies

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 09-08-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Information Governance Is Poor at Many Companies

    Many companies report inadequate information governance strategies and IG training programs, and data is often lost due to staff negligence or bad practices.
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    Lacking Maturity
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    Lacking Maturity

    17% of the survey respondents said the maturity level of their company's information governance policies is extremely poor. Only 3% said their IG policies are outstanding.
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    Staff Negligence
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    Staff Negligence

    10% reported data loss due to staff negligence or bad practices during the past 12 months. 8% said they could not find records required for litigation.
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    Prioritizing IG
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    Prioritizing IG

    Only 24% of respondents said that IG and data security are high on their senior management's agenda. 27% have plans to investigate and audit their information ecosystems.
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    Scarce Training
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    Scarce Training

    34% said their company does not offer IG training, and 15% said IG training is provided only at the time an employee joins the workforce.
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    Types of Training
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    Types of Training

    For those who do get training, 54% said it was delivered online, and 26% said they got their IG training from reading employee manuals.
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    What IG Training Includes
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    What IG Training Includes

    Policies and practices: 91%, Compliance requirements: 80%, Technology training: 56%
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    Preventing Data Loss

    In terns of preventing data loss, 26% of respondents saw themselves as trailblazers, and 40% said they are behind the times when it comes to defensible deletion.
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    IG Committees

    50% of the respondents reported having an IG committee in their company.
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    IG Retention and Access Priorities

    Information retention: 67%, Access and confidentiality: 66%, Data protection and personally identifiable information: 61%
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    Storage Reduction Options

    Consolidating storage into larger data centers: 28%, Moving content and records to the cloud: 26%, Replacing file shares with EFSS, ECM or ERM systems: 26%
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    Are IG Strategies Working?

    29% of the respondents said that volumes and costs are increasing, while 19% reported that they are holding their own.
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    27% of respondents said most files are never deleted, and 14% said they have no defined retention period.
 

Information governance is inadequate at the majority of companies, and more than one-third do not offer IG training, said a new survey. Furthermore, data lost due to staff negligence or bad practices plague companies, many of which cannot find records that are required for litigation. The study, "Governance and Compliance in 2017: A Real World View," was conducted by AIIM, a not-for-profit organization for information professionals. The findings come at a time when regulations are getting stricter, requiring more adherence to regulatory, legal and industry operating guidelines to protect corporate and customer information. "Organizations in all industries must come to realize the importance of ensuring that their data assets are managed and shared in a sensible and secure manner," the report states. Lack of IG training "is most likely the reason there is data loss due to staff negligence and bad practices," said Bob Larrivee, chief analyst for AIIM. " The survey was conducted with a web-based tool that collected responses from 218 individual members of the AIIM community in June 2017. Respondents represented organizations of all sizes and from various regions: North America, Western Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Middle East, Africa and South Africa, and Asia.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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