Information Governance

What is Information Governance or IG?

Information Governance, or IG, is the set of multi-disciplinary structures, policies, procedures, processes and controls implemented to manage information, supporting an organization's immediate and future regulatory, legal, risk, environmental and operational requirements.

IG is a framework that takes a holistic, collaborative approach to managing an agency’s records and information. It involves the following “information” disciplines within an organization that historically have functioned separately but under the principles of IG brings them together to manage information at an enterprise or “agency wide” level.

  • Business units/lines of business (services, processes, procedures, doing business)
  • Records management (organization, retention and disposition of records)
  • IS/IT management (hardware, software, devices, integration)
  • Security (protection of information and systems)
  • Legal (including public disclosure, litigation hold and other legal obligations)
  • Risk management (liability, potential loss)

IG encompasses more than traditional records management. It incorporates privacy attributes, electronic discovery requirements, storage optimization, and metadata management.