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Board President Extols Value of Professionals and Professional Standards & Practices

Monday, October 16, 2017  
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In her address at ARMA Live! 2017, ARMA Board President Ilona Koti spoke of how the participants are not facing a glass half empty/half full proposition but instead a “full glass opportunity for us to influence our professional careers as well as the direction of our profession through creating and adhering to the principles that protect it and lead it.”

Koti, in support of the theme “Agents of Change,” said the ARMA community was creating the much-needed principles, guidelines, and strategic roadmaps that will allow information governance (IG) to play a larger role in shaping global policies and in using information for the benefit of all.

“Those of us here today, who are the practitioners and protectors of this profession, know that beyond the headlines are professionals who care about their jobs, who valiantly pursue the day-to-day role of protecting a company’s most valued assets, who care that data and information are used in the correct and ethical and proper ways,” she said in her October 15 keynote.

Koti noted that far too many organizations remain behind the curve with protecting and managing their information properly, even in the face of the near-daily headlines about breaches and cybercrime.

Said Koti: “And for any business that hasn’t recognized the value of implementing an IG role or expanding on their IG strategy, I can spend at least another hour up here naming companies from the headlines that should have. It’s a tiny bit of schadenfreude, but when I read about a major data debacle, I usually go to our membership directory and 9 times out of 10, I won’t see an ARMA member listed as a staff member."

She further emphasized the need for information professionals to help lead the privacy and security experts who are often brought in to organizations. “I strongly believe that no matter how many security and privacy experts that you appoint to an organization that you cannot properly protect and manage your data until you know where your information is stored, how much of your information you have, and have assigned an appropriate retention period to your data . . . IG is the tie that binds.”