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Cloud records storage: solving the challenges of privacy and security

In this post, which is Part 3 of our Cloud Records Storage series, we focus on another tricky aspect of cloud records storage which is the challenges of privacy and security. Cloud privacy is receiving a lot of attention from lawmakers around the world as they introduce legislation to minimize consumer risk. Records Managers simply haven’t had to face these types of security and privacy challenges before, and unfortunately there seems to be more questions than answers. As you weigh the possibility of storing records in the cloud, there are some steps you can take to get answers, and to minimize privacy and security risks.Read More

Solving the Challenges of Records Retention in the Cloud

The various issues to consider when looking at records storage in the cloud don’t end with just the legal issues – you must also address the question of records retention. Specifically, how the cloud affects your ability to retain and dispose of records in accordance with the law and any other applicable guidelines. The cloud is simply another option for the storage of your records, and as such, the same basic retention requirements apply. This means your move to the cloud needs to be underpinned by a comprehensive and well-researched records retention policy.Read More

Avoiding a Legal Storm When Storing Records in the Cloud

In the context of electronic records, cloud storage offers equal measures of potential and pitfall. Initially, the idea that your electronic records will be stored off site in a virtual environment made up of networked computers takes a bit of getting used to. Once the concept is familiar, the appeal of storing records in the cloud becomes clear. Specifically, cheap, off-site digital storage that never needs to be maintained and grows effortlessly as your storage needs grow. However, every records manager worth his or her salt will inevitably ask the million-dollar question: does cloud record storage jive with our legal obligations for records management?Read More

Why electronic records management implementations go off the rails

The benefits of electronic records management (ERM) are well known: more efficient storage of collections, faster retrieval times of information, better compliance, and more. For years records managers have been moving towards implementation projects to realize those benefits for their organizations, but according to Mimi Donne, records and information management project manager and consultant/owner of Mimi Dionne Consulting, those projects often fall off the rails mid-way through execution.Read More