Information Governance

     
       

Overview

The multidisciplinary team of attorneys in Wilson Elser’s Information Governance practice works with clients to design and implement effective and strategic approaches to information governance.

The management of data across the information lifecycle presents significant challenges for organizations of all sizes. As volumes of stored data continue their exponential growth, the risks accompanying substandard information governance practices increase.

Organizations today must address regulatory requirements, privacy laws and litigation obligations, while leveraging their data in support of operational requirements. The implementation of appropriate enterprise-wide information governance policies and practices has become essential in today’s era of Big Data.

The multidisciplinary team of attorneys in Wilson Elser’s Information Governance practice works with clients to design and implement effective and strategic approaches to information governance. Our process begins with investigating current organizational practices, auditing employee compliance, and assessing regulatory, legal and business needs. Armed with the necessary background information, we collaborate with stakeholders to design appropriate document retention schedules, permissible use policies, “bring your own device” policies, cloud-computing policies and social media guidelines. In addition, we counsel clients on related data security issues and litigation readiness concerns, including the evaluation of legacy data retention and disposal, to minimize organizational risk in these areas. As important as it is to design and implement an appropriate information governance framework, the true test of success is achieving enterprise-wide policy adherence. Reaching this goal requires appropriate employee training along with organizational acceptance at a cultural level. Our attorneys routinely engage with department heads, records managers, IT professionals and additional key stakeholders to develop training programs and monitor employee compliance with our clients’ information governance policies.

The effective management and organization of information is an absolute requirement in the digital era both for mitigating risk and supporting an organization’s operations. Wilson Elser’s Information Governance attorneys draw on our firm’s experience across multiple practice areas, counseling clients on information lifecycle management and relying on our multidisciplinary teams and our national network of offices.