Information Management

Professional journal on records and information management.

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 1, January-February

A Walk in the Cloud: Internet- or "Cloud"-Based Tools, Are Making Their Way-Sanctioned or Not-Into More and More Workplaces. Two Records Management Experts Suggest How Organizations Can Leverage Their Benefits While Mitigating Their Risks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Perhaps no technology buzzword has engendered as much discussion in records management circles as Web 2.0. It's been hailed as everything from the solution to all of our information management problems to the death of records...
Good Compliance Cuts Legal Costs
"When it comes to how, much a company spends on legal expenses, its not the company's size that matters, but rather the practices and policies it has in place for compliance. A recent survey of 235 U.S. firms by the IT Policy Compliance Group (IT...
Here's to a Prosperous New Year!
Entering 2009, organizations are facing tremendous economic challenges, including staff and budget cutbacks and tighter competition. Coupled with increasing regulations and litigation, these challenges make records and information management (RIM)...
IT Executives Still Resist E-Mail Archiving
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Despite the risks to their businesses, some IT professionals are still not taking e-mail archiving requirements seriously, according to a recent survey by Osterman Research. The September 2008 survey (commissioned by Proofpoint...
Lawyers: E-Discovery Drives Up Court Costs
Lawyers say electronic discovery is driving up litigation costs--so much so that, in some instances, the cost of getting information is much higher than what the case itself is worth. According to a report by the American College of Trial Lawyers...
Making the Most of Your Historical Assets: Re-Evaluating Archival Records and Their Place in History Can Open the Door to New Awareness, Promotion, and Publicity for Any Organization
Whether in a private, public, or government setting, all information professionals interact with their institution's history on a daily basis. Positive or negative, those legacies are vital to the future of any organization. Research projects often...
Mass. Passes Tough Data Security Law
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Massachusetts has passed stringent data privacy and security regulations that may influence the practices and policies of companies nationwide. As of January 1, Massachusetts requires businesses that collect information...
Most Data Breaches Involve Paper
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If current headlines are to be believed, data breaches involving electronic devices occur with mind-numbing frequency. Stories about missing laptops and stolen passwords appear daily, yet a recent study debunks the conventional...
NARA Records Center Set for St. Louis
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), working through the General Services Administration (GSA), said it will lease a new built-to-suit facility in St. Louis, Missouri. The new facility will replace the 1950s-era Military Personnel...
Obama Presidency Will Be 'Wired'
His campaign for president used the Internet in ground-breaking fashion and, according to President-Elect Baraek Obama's aides, his presidency will be the first truly "wired" one. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] During his almost two-year-long campaign,...
Patient IDs Would Improve Healthcare
Creating a unique patient identification number for every person in the United States would help reduce medical errors, simplify the use of electronic medical records, increase overall efficiency, and protect patient privacy, according to a recent...
Selecting the Right Tools for Records Management: SharePoint Is Popular as a Collaboration Tool, but Is It Robust Enough for Managing Records Enterprise-Wide?
Microsoft's SharePoint is becoming ubiquitous. If it isn't in your organization yet, it most likely will be soon. There are several beneficial reasons for this from an infrastructure and architecture standpoint. But, as a records and information management...
UK Wants "Black Boxes" to Record Citizens' Internet Use
The United Kingdom is considering a plan to monitor Internet traffic, including every e-mail sent by UK citizens. As part of the plan, raw data on every phone call, Internet hit, and e-mail sent and received in the United Kingdom would be collected...
Web 2.0: Benefits & Considerations
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Organizations will move faster or slower to Web 2.0 depending on their regulatory environment and tolerance for risk. But they are moving toward the technology--for a number of reasons. 1. Tools are simple to provide and...
Web 2.0: Issues & Risks
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Organizations are moving to the cloud, some faster than others. However, moving to the cloud presents the enterprise with a number of risks to assess. Depending upon an organization's risk appetite, these risks may be significant....
Will Red Flags Detour ID Theft? the New "Red Flag" Rules under the U.S. Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA) Going into Effect May 1 Require U.S. Banks and Creditors to Implement a Program to Identify, Mitigate, and Prevent Potential Consumer Identity Theft
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), consumers lose an estimated $50 billion annually to identity theft and recovery expenses. During 2007, the FTC received 813,899 consumer fraud and identity theft complaints,...
Writing for Professional Development and for the Profession: The RIM Field Needs Its Professionals to Write and Contribute to the Field's Knowledge, but Many Do Not Do So Because They Are Not Aware of Many Basic, Helpful Tools Available to Them
Records and information management (RIM) practitioners often strenuously argue for the need for good, practical publications to aid their work. Although the major RIM professional associations all feature energetic publication programs, there is a...