Gain Control of Business Data to Reduce Costs, Increase Productivity, Inform Decisions, and Improve Security

By |2023-02-01T16:52:53-05:00February 1st, 2023|Cyber-Security, eDiscovery, Information Governance and Management, Safety and Cyber Security|

If the specter of a data subject access request or an eDiscovery sends your organization into fire drill mode, it is time to gain control of business data. Unmanaged data reduces productivity and hampers decision making. And it creates significant compliance and security risks. On the other hand, organizations that manage data effectively see a measurable return on investment. Reduce Cost and Time of eDiscovery For many companies, the data governance wakeup call comes with a data request for pending litigation. Under a time crunch, the legal team or IT department scramble to locate relevant data spread across various on-premises

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Why Lawyers Need to Understand Shadow Data

By |2023-01-25T18:12:47-05:00January 25th, 2023|Cyber-Security, eDiscovery, Information Governance and Management|

rganizations gather massive quantities of data, using that data to inform decision-making and business strategy. However, while data plays a critical role in business success, it can also increase security and compliance risks. When advising their clients on cyber security, legal teams must take into account the dangers posed by shadow data. In a digital environment dominated by cyber threats and privacy regulations, proactive organizations take great care to protect sensitive data. For instance, healthcare organizations bolster security around their EMR. But they may be neglecting shadow data, the sensitive data that lives outside the EMR, beneath the radar of

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Build Data Governance Strategies into 2023 Business Resolutions

By |2023-01-25T11:48:59-05:00December 28th, 2022|Information Governance and Management, Trending|

In a business environment driven by information, effective management and use of data proves more critical than ever before. Consequently, effective data governance strategies should play a key role in business resolutions for the new year. This will involve looking at business needs and the current state of your data and then determining governance best practices to generate ROI. An understanding of current data governance trends can also help provide some direction. For instance, several new privacy regulations take effect in 2023 that require greater data visibility. And organizations need to adjust strategies to better address the ongoing challenges of

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Optimizing Governance, Risk and Compliance in Microsoft 365

By |2022-11-08T10:32:59-05:00September 28th, 2022|Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management, Microsoft 365|

Compliance has become a hot topic in recent years, as regulations govern many aspects of the workplace. To remain competitive, organizations must improve their compliance posture, and Microsoft offers robust tools to support that process. Forward-thinking companies make it a priority to optimize the capabilities around governance, risk and compliance in Microsoft 365. Compliance and Security Compliance refers to the laws and industry regulations a company must follow. Regulations such as HIPAA and PCI DSS define the types of data companies must protect. They also mandate processes such as data retention and disclosure of certain security events. Data security, on

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Recent Cyber Attacks Highlight Need for Municipal Data Governance and Security

By |2022-09-28T11:53:58-04:00September 14th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Information Governance and Management|

This year has seen a rise in cyber attacks on government agencies and prompted official warnings. Notably, a recent joint statement from the FBI and CISA warned schools about probable attacks. And a data breach of federal court records further spotlighted the need for improved municipal data governance and security. A perfect storm of cyber security risks makes municipal agencies particularly vulnerable to attack. In the first place, schools, courts, utility departments and other government entities store a treasure trove of sensitive information. Those same agencies often use legacy systems and lack critical cyber security infrastructure and data governance resources.

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Information Governance Strategies for Businesses of All Sizes

By |2022-10-11T10:34:18-04:00August 24th, 2022|Information Governance and Management, Microsoft 365|

Regardless of size or industry, businesses no longer have the luxury of ignoring information governance. Increasingly complex data privacy regulations and an unrelenting barrage of cyber-attacks necessitate proactive information governance strategies. Additionally, such strategies help businesses realize data value and improve their competitive edge. Universal Information Governance Basics Information governance includes several key components, regardless of organization size. These include: Categorization and storage of data – The foundation of any information governance strategy involves identifying where data lives and tagging that data into appropriate categories. This helps to ensure data quality and allows users to find needed information quickly. This

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Microsoft 365 Information Governance Evolves with Unified Compliance and Data Governance Solution

By |2022-09-28T12:08:09-04:00August 17th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Data Compliance, Information Governance and Management, Microsoft 365|

This April, “to meet the challenges of today’s decentralized, data-rich workplace” Microsoft brought its existing collection of Microsoft 365 information governance and compliance solutions together under a new umbrella. The new Microsoft Purview brand combines the capabilities of the Microsoft 365 Compliance portfolio and the former Azure Purview. Purview delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help organizations govern, protect, and manage all their data wherever it resides. It’s a great step forward for Microsoft in providing a unified data governance and risk management solution for Microsoft 365. The new Microsoft Purview: Provides visibility into data assets across locations, devices, and apps Enables easy

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Cyber Security and Data Governance Best Practices for Today’s Data Environment

By |2022-07-12T14:29:55-04:00June 29th, 2022|Cyber-Security, Information Governance and Management|

A network of hurdles dominates the current data environment. Rapid data growth makes data difficult to manage. Meanwhile, cyber-attacks grow increasingly sophisticated and frequent, while remote work and cloud migration complicate the security landscape. Now, more than ever, cyber security and data governance best practices play a critical role. In 2020, the world generated approximately 2.5 quintillion (that’s 2.5 billion billion) bytes of data. Data analytics hold a world of promise. However, the data comes so quickly and in such volume that organizations struggle to harness its value and keep it safe. Data governance thus becomes a critical priority. Organizations

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Tips for Migrating Records Management Systems to Microsoft 365

By |2022-06-23T08:29:10-04:00June 8th, 2022|Information Governance and Management, Microsoft 365|

As companies shift information and work processes to the cloud, they must also plan carefully for migrating records management systems. Records management works differently in Microsoft 365 and other cloud platforms than in legacy systems. Consequently, organizations need to involve the right people, conduct in depth analysis, and outline a detailed plan before migrating. Involve Key People Early Migrating to the cloud involves much more than simply moving files and mailboxes. Legacy records management systems also include the accompanying structure, from metadata to audit trails, that determines the information lifecycle. And increasingly strict government and industry standards make records management

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