A Practical Guide to Information Governance

This Guide addresses the lack of a common set of languages to support the growth of IG as a discipline and provides an easy to read explanation of Information Governance. A broad range of IG practitioners from both public and private sector, participated in a number of forums to leverage their collective experience to develop this Guide

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Kill Your File Shares- A Roadmap to Reducing Your Biggest Information Risk

In this white paper, sponsored by IGANZ supporter Active Navigation, Russel Stalters, CEO of Clear Path Solutions, outlines a roadmap for reducing your organisation's biggest information risk.

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Information Governance Articles


The Governance of Things - The Challenges of Information Governance in a Cyber-Physical World

When people think about information and information governance, they may think about information in a purely digital or online sense. And, they tend to think that governance centres on addressing privacy and broader legal compliance requirements and, perhaps, consider information from a business risk perspective. 

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Steps to Increasing Enterprise Information Governance Mindshare

Most organizations are at or near the end of transforming and/or updating transactional processes and systems to become more efficient and reduce cost. However, the people, processes and information that drive time to market and sales have been under-served. 

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Why Information Governance Needs Top-Down Leadership

Effective leadership of information governance (IG) is key to ensuring that appropriate strategies, priorities, policies and processes are successfully embedded in an organisation, both to maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks arising from the information it holds.

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Enterprise Information Governance

Organisations that are successfully addressing the business challenge of being overwhelmed by the exponential information growth are placing value at the core of their information governance program. 

Enterprises are now asking “How do we better manage and provide governance across this increasing volume of information to harness the business value from it?” 

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The Governance of Things - Unpacking the Benefits of Information Governance

Organisations need to consider information as an asset and measure both the value and costs of the data they hold. This means measuring the financial benefits derived from the value of data held as well the costs and subsequent savings from risk management investments.

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The Governance of Things - Driving the Value of Information Governance

Effective governance of information requires a strategic approach. This involves quantifying each of the business drivers by breaking them down into categories: risk, hard and soft costs, and information value. Once this is completed, a return on investment can be calculated to drive and implement effective information governance solutions that deliver results to the bottom line.

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Leverage the ISO 55000 Standard for Asset Mangement

The case for leveraging ISO 55000 for heavy asset industries, infrastructure and the public sector is indisputable. Instigating comprehensive and effective Information Governance improves the ability of organisations to comply with laws and manage asset-related risk while providing real business value. 

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The Governance of Things - What is Information Governance and how does it differ from Data Governance?

As Information Governance and Data Governance becomes increasingly important for organisations seeking to control and secure information, it is important to understand what each one does and achieves.

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IGANZ Information Governance Industry Survey Results

We would like to thank all those who responded to the survey and hope the final results prove interesting and useful. A few key findings:

  • 49% of survey respondents felt their leadership had failed to address Information Governance.
  • The main driving factors of Information Governance projects were external regulatory pressures (80%) and good business practices (59%).

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Information Governance – Leveraging People, Policy and Process to Drive Best Practice Across the Enterprise

One of the challenges enterprises currently face is the lack of management of information across their business processes, from end to end. Understanding how your organisation leverages information holistically, from end to end, and the management of this information, can be realised with an Information Governance Program. 

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Information Governance Case Study - Les Schwab

Looking at one organization’s experience with IG, can provide valuable lessons and practical insights that will help all IG professionals mature their IG programs. This case study details a common but complex IG problem: managing the relationships among key IG players.

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What is information governance and how does it differ from data governance?

The terms ‘information’ and ‘data’ are often used interchangeably but there are differences in meaning. Data are simply facts or figures — bits of information, but not information itself.  Information provides context for data. This article provides an overview of why both these disciplines are important for organisations seeking to control and secure information and an understanding of what each discipline does and achieves for an organisation.

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Information Governance Leadership - Controlling Data and Information to Achieve Strategic Objectives

Effective Information Governance leadership enables an organisation to deliver continual strategic and proactive governance as digital disruption impacts the organisation and digital transformation continues. 

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Data Sharing Frameworks - Technical White Paper

The Data Sharing Frameworks Technical White Paper addresses the overarching challenge of developing privacy preserving frameworks, which support automated data sharing, as a way to facilitate smart services creation and deployment in an Australian context.

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Cybersecurity Articles


Cyber insurance: how it works and the benefits of information governance

In this article, Meena explains what organisations can do to reduce cyber risks and why an effective data and information governance program is instrumental for businesses looking to invest in cyber insurance.

Meena is a cyber insurance and data breach broker, specialising in cyber risk, data privacy, intellectual property and cyber crime.  She helps organisations identify potential cyber risks and believes that cyber insurance should be a key component of a company's enterprise risk management strategy. 

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Information Security & Information Governance – how they work together

In this article, Richard Kilpatrick  outlines the difference between Information Security and Information Governance and explains why IG frameworks are essential for the successful orchestration of specialised security systems.

Richard  is a highly experienced consultant in information technology, focusing on realistic data governance, security and privacy. He has led programs of work to discover and classify data across multiple business units, within banks, telcos, health and media.

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Privacy Articles


Privacy and Data Breaches: How Information Governance Minimises the Risk

Preventing data privacy breaches is becoming increasingly important, with the increasing costs of dealing with cyber attacks, IT security breaches, and the subsequent legal actions and regulatory investigations.

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Mandatory Data Breach Notification is in – Here's all you need to know

From February 2018, your organisation will have to fess up if it experiences a serious data breach. Whilst that may sound like a long time away, the requirement to notify is only the tip of the iceberg.  This article is a reminder to all organisations covered by the Privacy Act to have adequate measures in place to protect information security and to have a privacy governance framework in place. 

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Big Data & Privacy - does your organisation need an ethical based approach?

With the law lagging behind in the rapid technology innovations in big data, AI, machine-learning and the Internet of Things there is a growing discussion about the merits of an ethical based approach by organisations. This article considers why an ethical based approach can build trust and transparency with consumers, and why it should be part of good Information Governance, as a means of maximising the value of information derived from data analytics while minimising risks. 


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Records Management Articles


The Governance of Things - Records Management - The Future of the Profession

Although the records management (RM) profession is facing challenges with an increasing focus on information governance, the reality if that its role and function has been in great need for more than 30 years and remains a necessity today.

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eDiscovery Articles


The Governance of Things - Increasing Acceptance of Technology Assisted Review

In December 2016, the Supreme Court of Victoria endorsed the use of Technology Assisted Review (TAR) in the eDiscovery process in the case of McConnell Dowell Constructors v Santam. This was the first time TAR had been approved for use
in litigation in an Australian Court.

The use of technologies like TAR assists parties in litigation to meet the requirements ‘of a just, efficient and cost-effective resolution of the dispute’ by reducing the time and cost involved in large scale document production during the discovery process.

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The Governance of Things - eDiscovery in Australia and New Zealand

eDiscovery is the production of relevant documents that parties to litigation or an inquiry are required to produce to either a Court, Royal Commission, Commission of Inquiry or to a government regulator. The eDiscovery industry is a global industry reflecting the enormous growth in information and the specialised technology which has developed to meet that challenge. While eDiscovery is a specialist area of legal technology the challenge of document production extends well beyond in-house legal departments and requires the assistance of IT departments and records management.

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AI and the Law - the future is here

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already making significant inroads to the practice of law and producing efficiencies and cost savings. This article looks at how AI is being used in different parts of legal practice and the transformation of legal practice that is already underway in the delivery of legal services from litigation through to contract management and Chatbots.

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Member Contributions


Internet of Things and Beyond: Cyber-Physical Systems

It has been said that the world is on the bring of a fourth industrial revolution. The emergence of IoT is the beginning of a revolution that will have as great an impact on society and the way people and business are organised as the computer revolution did on the post-World War II era.

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Making IG Real: Six Stories from the Front Lines of Information Governance Success

Over a typical business cycle, a large organisation produces staggering volumes of data. This will include essential records, valuable business intelligence, and knowledge uniquely relevant to the business. But frequently 50% or more of the content is utterly useless - it is dead weight, consuming storage capacity and obscuring the genuinely valuable content, burying the essential digital needles in terabytes of useless haystack.

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Information Governance at Work: Pandora Media

With the help of the file analysis and governance experts, the Pandora GRC team discovered that at least 60% of its unstructured data had no value and there was no business or legal reason to continue to spend precious resources on protecting and storing it. So they took control, realising significant security,
privacy, cost, and productivity benefits along the way.

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IGANZ Survey Report 2017


Information Governance ANZ is delighted to present the results of our industry survey, which was conducted over a 12 month period from July 2016 to July 2017.

The survey was distributed to our members, promoted in InfoGovANZ communications and on the website.

This report details the responses to this industry survey with a focus on identified market trends.

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