Municipal Data Governance Builds Trust and Transparency

By |2021-10-11T06:31:58-04:00September 29th, 2021|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

In August 2021, Kathy Hochul took office as the governor of New York state. In a bid to rebuild public trust after Andrew Cuomo’s tumultuous administration, Hochul quickly launched a transparency initiative. This initiative once again focuses attention on the critical importance of municipal data governance. Municipal Governments and the Data Challenge Municipal governments face a number of challenges to achieving data transparency. Limited personnel and tight budgets top the list. Information silos and poor data quality compound the problem. And poor communication between departments results in duplicates and incomplete or inaccurate data. Mismanaged data in turn results in flawed

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Regular Data Backup in Microsoft 365 Ensures Business Continuity

By |2021-10-11T06:34:07-04:00September 22nd, 2021|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance, Office 365 and Migration|

Business continuity experts have long emphasized the need for regular backups. With backups, organizations can more smoothly navigate disasters and cyber threats, prevent data loss, and strengthen regulatory compliance. While cloud migration changes the environment, data backup in Microsoft 365 proves essential for business success. Causes of Data Loss Cloud computing delivers anytime/anywhere access to data. Even if a disaster destroys the office, employees can still access critical data from remote locations. However, data loss presents a significant risk, even in the cloud. For instance, the most common cause of data loss involves employees accidentally deleting critical information. Likewise, an

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5 Essential Data Compliance Best Practices for Government Agencies

By |2021-09-13T11:17:56-04:00September 1st, 2021|Data Compliance, Privacy|

The public sector deals with a treasure trove of sensitive data, from social security numbers to payment information. Hackers know this and have increasingly turned their focus to local and state government agencies. Consequently, these organizations must implement data compliance best practices to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) and avoid stiff penalties. For example, in 2016, dozens of Los Angeles County employees gave in to a phishing attack. As a result, hackers gained access to the personal data of nearly 800,000 people. Attackers can then sell personal information or use stolen credentials to access government systems or disrupt critical services.

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Addressing the Translation Problem in Compliance

By |2021-08-17T02:06:13-04:00August 11th, 2021|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance|

A traveler walking through the streets of New York City could hear nearly 800 different languages. In fact, 45 percent of New Yorkers speak a language other than English at home. For businesses serving these populations, and for global organizations everywhere, translation services fill a vital role. But businesses must also address the translation problem in compliance. For example, HIPAA regulations mandate that organizations maintain confidentiality of protected health information (PHI). This means that they must protect PHI from unauthorized access at all stages, including in transit and in storage. That includes data being translated. Penalties for violating HIPAA regulations

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Adaptive Data Governance Drives Innovation and Success

By |2021-08-06T05:23:36-04:00July 28th, 2021|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

Today’s digital business environment depends heavily on data to guide decisions and determine business direction. Organizations have begun to implement data governance, particularly in response to regulatory requirements. But successful businesses recognize the need for adaptive data governance to power more efficient decision making while promoting data value. Adaptive Data Governance Defined Traditional data governance approaches take a defensive posture, focusing on minimizing risk and achieving regulatory compliance. While important considerations, this reactive approach typically involves rigid controls dictated by centralized compliance officers. It can tend to introduce obstacles rather than promote growth. Adaptive data governance, on the other hand,

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Scalable, Affordable and Secure Information Governance with eGovernance® Cloud

By |2021-08-06T05:25:38-04:00July 7th, 2021|Data Compliance, eDiscovery, Information Governance and Management|

Organizations in every industry deal with a growing data dilemma. Big data promises big returns, but data must be high quality, organized and secure to deliver value. eGovernance® provides scalable, cloud-based secure information governance solutions tailored to support business strategy and work within organizational budgets. Managed by the information governance experts at Messaging Architects, eGovernance® empowers businesses to take control of their data with a hosted solution for electronic data discovery, security, and compliance. Benefits of a Robust, Secure Information Governance Strategy Data breach spells disaster, and mismanaged information becomes a liability in an age ruled by privacy regulation. Enter

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Link Data Governance and Cybersecurity to Protect Valuable Data Assets

By |2021-08-06T05:27:10-04:00June 23rd, 2021|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

In today’s business environment, data ranks near the top of the list of most valuable assets. It drives development strategy, focuses marketing efforts, and even saves lives. Cyber criminals know well the value of data and its power to make or break an organization. Consequently, organizations must link data governance and cybersecurity to stay ahead of the game. Data Governance and Cybersecurity Defined Think of data governance and cybersecurity as overlapping circles. Though distinct concepts, they share common goals and depend on each other. Data governance involves an organization knowing what data it owns, where that data lives and who

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Checkbox Information Governance vs Effective Data Governance

By |2021-08-06T05:27:46-04:00June 16th, 2021|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

For many organizations, the concept of information governance is intertwined with regulatory compliance. For instance, any organization that processes, stores, or transmits credit card data must demonstrate PCI compliance. However, when companies stop at checkbox information governance, they leave themselves at risk and never unlock the true power of their data assets. Most organizations publicly pronounce a commitment to compliance and data security. But underneath the hood, the story often looks a little different. For instance, a business may put policies and tools in place for the annual compliance audit and then gradually forget about them as the months go

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Privacy Compliance and Remote Work

By |2021-06-07T05:38:52-04:00May 26th, 2021|Data Compliance, Privacy|

Technology has kept businesses afloat over the past year. However, moving millions of employees to work from home comes on the heels of a growing global focus on data privacy. Consequently, organizations already scrambling to meet regulations now face the dilemma of supporting both privacy compliance and remote work. Consider several typical scenarios. Employees work on personal devices more than ever before, devices that may lack up-to-date security measures and secure Wi-Fi. Medical professionals conduct patient visits over video. Roommates and families share home networks and office space. Employees and organizations alike must take responsibility for privacy compliance and data

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How to Conduct a Compliance Risk Assessment

By |2021-06-07T05:46:21-04:00May 18th, 2021|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management|

The privacy landscape has changed significantly since GDPR went into effect in 2018. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2023, privacy regulations will cover personal data of 65 percent of the global population. These regulations place a heavy responsibility on the organizations that hold the data. Conducting a regular compliance risk assessment, therefore, proves essential. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines privacy risk assessment as “a process that helps organizations to analyze and assess privacy risks for individuals arising from the processing of their data.” From a data perspective, this means that organizations must first determine what

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