In key industry publication DM Magazine, EASY’s Howard Frear laid out why the discipline of Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) may have gone out of fashion, though its teachings are just as valid as they’ve ever been.
Its key principles of properly classifying, managing and storing information over time remain relevant in any environment, even one as seemingly rich in computing resources as ours. (Perhaps even more so, he convincingly argues.)
For industry veteran Frear, the heart of the matter here is the concept of criticality: how important it is to keep the data and how important it is to delete it, which has to be in a way you can prove you did to the regulators.
Patently, different data types exhibit different levels of criticality when it comes to the business rules around how long it should be kept. That was hard to establish when it was held simply on servers or in data centres, he points out – but the cloud makes this far, far more challenging.
That’s even more complicated by the fact that so much cloud discussion is about sensitive data and not enough about deletion policies, making too many of us forget that if you don’t know where your data is, you can’t be sure it’s ever really gone (as it needs to be from a compliance point of view).
If data needs to be deleted in your business process, you simply can’t afford to be unclear about the way it’s stored, says Howard. Do you agree?
Read the piece for yourself here