Monday, November 29, 2010

Information Storage Governance

You can store if you believe Wendy.

Attention all storage dudes and dudettes;

You can keep ALL your corporate data forever, park it anywhere, even “float” it on a “Cloud”, not worry about accessing or finding it again, and the world and mostly your business will be a beautiful and productive place. Try again Storage Wendy.

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So Wendy, do you still want to fly?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Information management matters.

Are you sitting in your cubicle trying to justify your job and get a little budget for next year? As you contemplate your future you go the place that is most familiar. You immediately think about how much your company could save by applying retention to the mass of boxes stored on-site and off-site and getting rid of the extra boxes. Don’t waste your time—that is not really what the guys and gals who run your business care about.

On a totally separate random note, I was reading the Wall Street Journal this morning and saw an article entitled “Insurers Test Data Profiles To Identify Risky Clients.” It seem that life insurers are analyzing all the personal data being collected on-line and elsewhere to evaluate how long we will live. You see the whole life insurance business is tied to longevity. The longer we live, the more the life insurance company makes because we pay more premiums and they get to use our money longer before death.

Oh. So better information management matters. I see.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Free records and national security

One of the big strategic agenda items of President Obama was to make government more transparent. One of the ways government is more transparent is by making more records of its actions accessible to the public. Of course, government always has to balance our national security against the public’s desire to know more. More about that in a minute.
The New York Times covered the story of the Justice department’s 4 year attempt to keep a 600 page report about US governmental post war collaboration with certain Nazi’s and invitations for Nazis to come to America. The report has been written for a long time but not made public or even disclosed. So someone apparently sued to get access to the report which was eventually made available in highly redacted (blacked out) form.
As the WWII has been over for more than a half century, it seems rather questionable that there can be anything of a “national security” interest still in the document that requires protection. No doubt there is tons of stuff that is embarrassing, but I don’t think that is criteria for keeping something secret.
Anyway, if our government’s invited former Nazi’s military leadership here to run missile programs or help with other military initiatives, then “transparent government” may dictate such information is disclosed, absent real national security interest requiring protection.
But this American says, if transparency is the desired result, absent real national security interest, then let the records be free.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Protect it.

If your business is about information, there are way too many stories that tell you to manage it seriously and securely or you will pay the piper. Facebook has been under pressure for various privacy policy issues for a while. I guess it is their business to manage and display personal information of sorts, so dealing with privacy seems pretty predictable. And the story today in the Wall Street Journal about Facebook users information being taken by rogue Facebook IT professionals and sold to brokers also seems predictable. Information is valuable. To have it is good. Information is an asset. Information is worth money. So when thinking about how your organization manages its information ASSETS, think about who has access to various types of information and how that information can be absconded with and used to your detriment. Taking stuff of value is predictable. Not good and clearly bad but wholly predictable. No news to me. Expect places with lots of salable information to be a target everyday and protect it like it matters. Duh.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lost communications. Really?

I was thinking about writing a thriller about computer warfare in which governments no longer had to fight wars with people or heavy equipment, but instead could rely on this geeky cadre of computer air force dudes who would keep us safe. The one scourge they had a hard time dealing with is the loose confederations of Muslim terrorists who don’t use computers very much. Blah, blah, blah.

Oh. On a totally separate note, this past week it was reported that our military lost communications with 50 nuclear missiles in Wyoming apparently due to a power failure. Did someone unplug the power supply. I think not. Not to worry because the initial reports indicate no “foul play”. Well I am very comforted by that assertion. So what’s up. Seems like we should be able to “communicate” with our nukes all the time. Are you kidding me-how do we lose communications with dozens of our nuclear missiles?