Rome wasn’t built in a day – The building blocks to information governance

It can be difficult to know where to start when first considering an information governance strategy. The scale and breadth of the challenge, as well as the fast-moving pace of technological change can mean that it is a project that is often kicked further and further down the road.

In doing so, the problem and indeed the mountain of data just gets bigger and bigger over time. As do your data storage costs, compliance and security risks from holding on to excess data longer than you should.

The trouble with data and records is that they’re everywhere, in all types of formats and locations. The trick is not to be overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task of taming data, but rather to approach it in a systematic and methodical way. Hence we recommend the following five steps:

  1. Develop a data retention and disposition policy
  2. Understand what data you have
  3. Draw up a retention schedule
  4. Execute the policy
  5. Get destruction decisions across the line.

To find out more about the challenges that law firms face in scoping and deploying an effective information governance framework watch our ILTA Masterclass where we will explored the reasons why this task can feel overwhelming and complex and share practical strategies for simplifying the process; including policies and procedures, technology solutions, and training and awareness programs.

We also addressed the importance of involving key stakeholders throughout the organization and developing a clear plan for implementation and ongoing review.