ISO Standard on Information

An ISO Standard on Information Governance Is Now Available: Information Governance Best Practices

Yesterday, Mike Quartararo of ACEDS asked in a LinkedIn post: “Am I the only one who’s interested in standards?” Nope. Here’s a new ISO Standard on Information Governance!

ACEDS’s post (A New ISO Standard on Information Governance, written by Mike) noted that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been setting standards in the business world since the 1940s. That’s why they’ve developed more than 24,000 international standards impacting business processes in technology, manufacturing, the environment, energy, food safety, healthcare, quality and risk management, and more.

In May, the Swiss-based organization that touts representation from 167 countries (even Russia!) published a new standard to establish concepts and principles relating to information governance.

The new ISO Standard 24143:2022 Information and documentation—Information Governance—Concept and Principles defines “information governance” as:

“a strategic framework for managing information assets across an entire organisation to support its business outcomes and obtain assurance that the risks to its information, and thereby the operational capabilities and integrity of the organisation, are adequately identified and managed. Information Governance includes but is not limited to policies, processes, procedures, roles and controls put in place to meet regulatory, legal, risk and operational requirements. Information Governance provides an overarching high-level framework that:

  • aligns all information-related activities with the mission and goals of an organisation, and its business, legal and societal obligations,
  • ensures a comprehensive and systematic approach to information by integrating processes relevant to directing and controlling information,
  • supports cooperation between stakeholders, and
  • creates a high-level basis for managing information regardless its form, type and format, informs education, professional development of the workforce and awareness about information-related obligations, risks and possibilities.”

It may be only one of 24,000+, but I’m still excited about the new ISO Standard on Information Governance!

The Foreword, Introduction, Scope, Normative References and Terms and Definitions are available here, with the full ISO Standard on Information Governance (including benefits and principles of Information Governance) available for $73.

I care about standards, and this is my standard(s) transmission of the week! See what I did there? 😉 If you care about standards as much as Mike does (and I do), check it out!

So, what do you think?  Are you excited about the new ISO Standard on Information Governance? Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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  1. One small side note from my soapbox: It’s nice to see ISO states it has replaced (as they phrase it) the use of “records” with “information” – I struggle to do that as much as possible. Although I sense I’m chasing windmills every time I suggest removing “Records” from the title or program “Records & Information Management”. I think the term is long outdated, but…

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