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Key elements of an Information Governance program

Effective information governance provides the linkage between business demands for information and the oversight of risk, compliance, and quality of underlying information and data assets. This starts with an overarching framework that encapsulates data, information, reporting applications, controls, and organizational stewardship into a trusted platform of information for business operations and disclosure. This needs to be initiated, supported, and monitored at the corporate and board levels of the organization. Corporate culture needs to embrace a shared vision of how information governance can provide business advantage through leveraging information assets. This vision gets executed through business and technology policies, standards, and procedures to ensure integration with corporate governance. Navigating to the future of information governance requires continuous improvement processes based on feedback on actual current state, periodic definition of desired future state, and a clear roadmap that is shared between board-level governance, management, and operations.