Why You Need an Information Governance Strategy

Organizations worldwide are feeling the pressure of the information explosion. Data is doubling every two years and is estimated to reach an astonishing 40 zettabytes by 2022. What’s more, the growing variety of data has introduced tremendous complexity for public managers seeking to streamline their organizations’ ability to access and use information. Finally, the Presidential Records Management Directive mandates that federal agencies manage records in an accessible electronic format by 2019 and all e-mail by 2016.

The goal of this report is to illustrate why public-sector organizations must adopt an effective and robust information governance plan. Having such a plan is essential not only to meeting compliance, but also to improving efficiency and security and to helping the government more effectively meet its mission.

Leveraging resources from GovLoop and Symantec, this industry perspective will:

  • Define information governance and related components.
  • Identify challenges agencies face in creating an information governance plan.
  • Share information governance best practices.
  • Provide a case study from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Demonstrate Symantec’s role in helping agencies deploy information governance programs.

It’s no easy task, but the implementation of an effective information governance strategy is critical to agency performance. Proper information governance and document management strategies can affect everything from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to eDiscovery initiatives — and it helps build a more transparent and effective government.

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