Information governance is a discipline that helps organisations meet their obligations in demonstrating that they are managing their information correctly. These obligations emerge from many different quarters and at a time of increasing regulation and compliance it is vital that organisations have a defined and implemented information governance programme to meet these challenges.
An approach that provides a firm foundation for organisations developing information governance can be based around ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles®, which have become a de-facto standard for information governance.
We can help you develop an information governance framework built around the following principles:
- Principle of Accountability: any information governance programme must have a senior executive appointed to oversee and lead it.
- Principle of Transparency: information governance policies and procedures must be readily available and understood by an organisation’s employees and interested parties.
- Principle of Integrity: an organisation must take care to ensure that its records can be trusted as being authentic and unaltered.
- Principle of Protection: personal and sensitive information must be adequately protected and not compromised.
- Principle of Compliance: an information governance programme must ensure compliance with laws and regulations.
- Principle of Availability: information must be organised and managed in such a way that it allows for timely, efficient and reliable retrieval.
- Principle of Retention: information must be retained for an appropriate period of time to meet all relevant operational, legal, regulatory and fiscal requirements.
- Principle of Disposition: an organisation must ensure secure and appropriate disposition of information in accordance with its policies and any relevant laws and regulations.