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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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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Electronic Communications Policy Review Improves Compliance and Reduces Risk

By |2022-08-11T05:51:51-04:00August 10th, 2022|Data Compliance, Email Policy|

Advances in communication drive collaboration and efficiency. Teams work together easily over distance, moving seamlessly among email, virtual meetings, and messaging. However, the unstructured data generated in that communication can prove a significant liability without effective data governance. A comprehensive electronic communications policy helps reduce risk. For instance, regulations like HIPAA, CCPA and numerous financial privacy laws strictly govern the handling of sensitive data. An organization that allows improper sharing of personal data can incur stiff penalties. Likewise, during the process of litigation, companies may be required to compile relevant electronic data as evidence. Organizations need to determine what data

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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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Data Governance Best Practices Drive Retail Business Growth

By |2022-02-17T15:02:05-05:00January 12th, 2022|Information Governance and Management, Safety and Cyber Security|

Successful retailers know the value of information. Armed with data from all facets of the business, from marketing to shipping, retailers use information to gain a competitive advantage. But vast potential comes with inherent challenges. Harnessing data governance best practices allows retail businesses to move past roadblocks and drive success. Business Benefits of Data-driven Retailing When effectively organized and managed, data delivers significant benefits throughout the customer journey. For instance, retailers use data to personalize marketing campaigns and forecast demand for products and services. Knowing customer buying habits boosts upselling and customer retention. Additionally, data provides insights into business processes,

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Mobile Retail Data Governance Drives Data Value

By |2022-02-17T15:12:41-05:00January 5th, 2022|Information Governance and Management|

According to Mastercard, online retail sales growth accelerated through December 2021, up 61 percent from 2019. Now, up to 73% of consumers do omnichannel mobile shopping. The resulting explosion of mobile retail data presents both a challenge and an opportunity for retailers who implement mobile retail data governance. Convenience Drives Growth Mobile commerce, or m-commerce, encompasses the buying and selling of products and services via mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. From a handheld device, shoppers order dinner, pay for tickets, deposit checks, or purchase a new kitchen sink. Convenience tops the list of m-commerce benefits for purchasers. They

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Identity Governance Plus Data Governance is Today’s Imperative

By |2022-02-17T15:06:55-05:00November 17th, 2021|Information Governance and Management|

The business landscape continues to change rapidly. Organizations must strike a fine balance among productivity, cybersecurity, and privacy amid a data explosion. Additionally, new technologies drive exciting innovation but also bring risk. To thrive in this environment, companies need to find the right blend of identity governance and data governance. Business Challenges Require Careful Strategies Today’s IT team faces growing data-related challenges. For instance, data from digital marketing and the factory floor opens the door for valuable data analysis. However, managing that data and ensuring its quality and security requires detailed planning. Mismanaged data can result in flawed business strategy,

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