HBR report: From information management to information governance – The new paradigm
The explosive growth of information presents management challenges to every organization today. Retaining volumes of information beyond its legal, regulatory, or operational value increases data storage costs and strains information technology resources. Further, there is an inherent risk in retaining information beyond its legal or business retention needs when it may be subject to discovery related to litigation, audits, or governmental investigations. Added to these challenges are increasing privacy and security issues. Information containing personally identifiable information, intellectual property, or other sensitive data, if inadequately protected, is subject to cyber attack and security breach. The potential results of such a breach can be devastating — millions of revenue dollars lost, sanctions and fines levied, executives fired, and reputation and customer trust irreparably damaged.