It’s human nature. It also makes sense. As the end of
the year nears, we reflect on the past twelve months.
It applies to our personal lives and it applies to our
businesses. What did we accomplish? What’s left to be
done? It’s not just an idle academic exercise. It forms
the basis from which we look forward.
NAID’s past twelve months may end up being
remembered not only by the number of initiatives but
also by their magnitude; quite literally changing the way
data disposition is taught, implemented and regulated.
The Information Disposition Textbook
When the Board of Regents of the CSDS accreditation
first envisioned a book that covered every aspect of
proper information disposal, the first thing they realized
is that they would have to create it from scratch. Even
though Information Disposition is one of the four main
Past is Prologue:
Looking Back to
pillars of information governance, there was no concise,
consolidated, academic source of content. As a result, they
realized as the first such volume, it would also be useful
as a sales tool, as a guide for organizations looking to
properly dispose of such information, and as a textbook
for university students pursuing careers in information
management and data security. Believe it or not, currently,
even graduate students in those disciplines are taught
nothing on what constitutes secure disposal.
To date, hundreds of books have been sold to NAID
members who are using the text as a sales tool when
talking to customers. The demand from Information
Governance professionals has been such that the ARMA
International bookstore has sold out of its initial order
and also sold out additional copies ordered for its annual
convention. And finally, in what will be an intentionally
slow and methodical roll out, Information Disposition will
be introduced next semester at a major university.
by Bob Johnson