On Information Governance, it’s Disconnect not Apathy

On Information Governance, it’s Disconnect not Apathy

David Shonka, the FTC’s acting General Counsel recently made waves with his statement that the C-Suite doesn’t care about Information Governance or IG…that it doesn’t even resonate with them.  Even though the same executives list data security as a “top concern” and eDiscovery as a “significant expenditure”, Shonka’s experience was that they did not make the connection that IG is the unifying force that brings together privacy, security, eDiscovery, and all types of other legal technology concerns.

From the CGOC perspective, we have not been privy to this perceived lack of knowledge or interest.  The number of senior level and C-Suite participants in our working groups and regional events has been exponentially higher in the last two years than all the years past combined.  Also noticeable has been the uptick in executives tasked with newly created positions and titles relating to information governance.

The good news is that despite the lack of understanding and urgency by some members of the C-Suite, IG programs are on the rise.  A 2015 AIIM report revealed that 53 percent of organizations surveyed had recently launched new IG initiatives.  It’s no coincidence that this rise in initiatives correlates to the lethal combination of explosive growth in data and high profile data breaches. Anyone who has a function falling under the IGRM Model (Business, Privacy & Security, IT, RIM and Legal) wants to ensure that he/she will not be singled out as the responsible party when the data loss occurs or data privacy rules are violated.

This concern is one of the reasons why CGOC has expanded its focus on data privacy and security with three recent articles:

  • Ethical Boardroom article explaining why, among others, data privacy and security challenges should make good information governance important to board members and executives.
  • The second article addressing key elements of an IG program for proactively reducing the risk of a breach.
  • Bloomberg BNA article by Ed McAndrew, a CGOC Faculty member, who through his unique perspective as a former DOJ Cyber Security prosecutor, now in private practice, advises corporations how to mitigate the impact of a cyber incident by engaging law enforcement and regulators.

As the benefits of good Information Governance continue to come to fruition, it is inevitable that those in the corporate hierarchy will not only know what it is, but will make it an ongoing priority in the future of their enterprise.