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Data security: not just an IT issue

Data security: not just an IT issue

What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘data security’? For a lot of people, it conjures images of malevolent hackers: high-tech criminals stealing sensitive information for profit. And there’s some truth to that. In February, the Office of the Australian...

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Better than a spreadsheet

Better than a spreadsheet

While it can be tempting to use a spreadsheet to build information governance tools, there are real benefits for using purpose-built software like a.k.a.. Integrated for greater efficiency A relational database enables links to be made between different data elements....

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Recordkeeping: what’s changed in 5,000 years?

Recordkeeping: what’s changed in 5,000 years?

More than 5,000 years ago a transaction took place: it involved 29,086 measures of barley and a payment term of 37 months. We know this because, carved on a clay tablet in early Sumerian cuneiform, is the receipt. The tablet is signed “Kushim”. That’s likely a person,...

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Records don’t have rights

Records don’t have rights

Records management has a key role to play in preserving people’s rights. It’s one of the reasons we err on the side of caution; when given the choice, we opt to preserve records for the longest possible retention period. While this approach generally increases...

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Information asset registers: the ultimate onboarding tool

Information asset registers: the ultimate onboarding tool

We tend to think of information asset registers in their top-down capacity – as a tool for senior management overseen by ICT and information professionals. Their application as a self-serve means of navigating an organisation is often overlooked. With remote work on...

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