With cloud and social media use gaining steam in corporations world wide, new information governance and e-discovery concerns have come to light.
According to the eDJ, of the companies they researched, “< 16% of respondents put an e-discovery plan into place before moving data into the cloud.” That’s a very small percentage addressing critical issues of e-discovery and information governance in the cloud, with a majority of companies ignoring these issues or giving them low priority.
So let’s assume your company moves your data to the cloud without developing an e-discovery, information governance, and for that matter, a web archiving policy. Data loss happens. And, what of proposed legislation like SOPA and PIPA being pushed to pass? By not developing a comprehensive web and social media archiving policy, which serves both e-discovery and information governance (among other needs), you’re exposing your web data to multiple vulnerabilities. Given the web’s continuous evolution, this is not the situation you want your company to be in.
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One final note: In the eDJ press release, they recommend being prepared with e-discovery and information governance policies in order to manage cloud and social media use challenges. I agree. When dealing with data, it’s never a good idea to get lost in the clouds.