Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wikileaks Lessons

Well, I have an admission to make: I have been all over the map about Wikileaks. Perhaps it is because I have focused on the content of the disclosures. When it exposed US intelligence operatives and “friends on the street” helping our offshore operatives, I was critical. When it made clear that Arab leaders fear a Nuclear Iran as much as we do and made clear that Iran’s Nuclear capabilities needs to be eradicated, I was rather giddy. So my attitude on Wikileaks at one level oscillates with each passing day and the new disclosures.
But that is not the real lesson from the Wikileaks chapter of the ongoing data saga we all live every day called “As Information Flows.” Upon reflection, this is what I have learned in the past several weeks with the Wikileaks exposures.
1. Our controls on information are not good enough and that includes the most important military secrets.
2. Controlling serious content takes serious management of people, process and technology.
3. Small cracks in the armor can really hurt.
4. We need a more secure infrastructure because this one is seriously flawed.
5. For the regular business, you need to redouble efforts on training and controlling what employees say in eCommunications. Businesses need to better control different classes of information by better managing it by its value.

We have lost some of our credibility with the world. While our vulnerability will likely hurt us and our international reputation for the foreseeable future and make our friends clam up a bit, I believe it sent a huge message to every major office around the globe of any business or government leader. Information matters. Lose control and lose the farm.

Are You Kidding me.

Friday, December 3, 2010

What's a Dialoginar?

I have spoken far and wide, long and short, here and there, but I have never done a Dialoginar. Well, I am doing an amazing Dialoginar Series where I play an expert and explore some interesting Information Lifecycle Governance topics. In the near future you will see a YouTube advertisement in which I play a superhero jib jab bobble head and tell you all the fun facts about the Dialoginars. BTW- a bobble head is perfect role for me. The Dialoginar is a great way to learn and have fun while doing it. So, bring your lunch, bring your friends, bring your coworkers, but leave your bad attitude in your cubicle. A Dialoginar tastes great and it's less filling. Can I say that or will that cause a problem with my favorite Wisconsin brewer?

Topics that will be discussed in the initial Dialoginar Series are:

Content Analytics Compliance refers to the text analytics process plus the ability to visually identify and explore trends, patterns, and statistically relevant facts found in various types of content spread across internal and external content sources.

Defensible Disposal – How do companies develop the policy rules to defensibly dispose of information? The only way to purge content is to dispose of it pursuant to written retention policies which take into consideration business needs, legal requirements and legal considerations like statues of limitations.

Information Lifecycle Governance is a way of managing information over time with the necessary controls to advance good business practices. ILG encompasses policies, processes, practices, and technology used to manage information throughout its life starting with creation and ending with proper disposal.

These are just a few of the topics to be discussed in a series of quirky “Dialoginars” to be presented by Randy Kahn and IBM. Prepare to be educated and entertained in a unique approach to the discussions of everything Information Governance. Keep your eyes open for upcoming dates and times!