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7/1/2008
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Mishandling Information Overload A Security and Legal Risk

Small and midsize businesses generate digital information a furious rate -- same as bigger business (and individuals, for that matter.) What to save and what to toss -- and the consequences of either -- looms large among security, business, compliance and fiduciary concerns. A new slideshow offers some interesting and provocative takes on taking out (and keeping in) the digital trash.

Small and midsize businesses generate digital information a furious rate -- same as bigger business (and individuals, for that matter.) What to save and what to toss -- and the consequences of either -- looms large among security, business, compliance and fiduciary concerns. A new slideshow offers some interesting and provocative takes on taking out (and keeping in) the digital trash.The presentation -- "What's In Your Digital Landfill?" -- is brief, informal and, as its close shows (and you've no doubt already guessed), aimed at getting you take a look at an information management network.

Aimed, in fact, is a pretty appropriate word: the presentation comes from content management organization AIIM (Association for Image and Information Management) whose pedigree in the topic goes back to the 1940s, when it was created as the National Microfilm Association.

In the course of about four dozen slides, the Digital Landfill presentation hits both electronic information management and the security/legal issues surrounding it pretty hard. Among the statistics offered:

About 30 percent of all digital information is business-generated.

64 percent of businesses feel confident/competent in how they handle paper records -- only 34 percent feel they same about their digital records.

Only 13 percent of businesses have company-wide e-mail policies.

And so on.

As noted earlier, not a lot of deep substance here, but enough thought-provokers (and reminders of the legal vulnerabilities poor info-management can expose your business to) to make it worth the couple of minutes it takes to watch the presentation.

The sell-section at the end is brief and refreshingly soft: AIIM is hyping a new network, Information Zen devoted to information and content-management questions and discussions.

Here's a bMighty take on information management from earlier this year.

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