Governance is Always Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

There’s a disturbing trend in the information governance profession that needs to stop now, namely the tendency to apologize for the work we’re doing.

“Let me email that document to you.”
– “I’m sorry, but please paste in the link to the digital document instead.”

“I need to make a copy of this for my files.”
– “I’m sorry, but please use the image in the electronic file store as your convenience copy.”

“I’m taking this record from the folder for a while.”
– “I’m sorry, but please check it out from the records repository so we know who’s using it.”

What are we apologizing for? The need to alter people’s thinking and habits so our information can be treated as the asset that it is? Bah. Just stop it. Stop it now. (more…)

Cloud, IoT Can be Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

It happens innocently enough: someone obtains and installs a reasonable Internet-enabled capability, and BANG! You’re open for business that’s not of your choosing.

Maybe it’s a shared corporate meeting calendar, or a construction pipe-weld inspection robot, or a security camera at a remote power plant. But whatever it is – be it a cloud-based offering or an Internet “thing” – it has to be remembered that if you can monitor or control it from wherever you are, so can the bad guys.

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Paul Revere & InfoGov: Rebels of Action & Collaboration

“Listen My Children and You Shall Hear
of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”

Paul Revere’s Ride,
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Question: what does Paul Revere’s ride have to do with information governance? Answer: it illustrates well that regardless of the success of this or that particular effort, what’s important is that you do something and work with others to get the job done. (more…)