Strategies to Protect your Records from Ransomware

Over the past several years, cyber criminals have hacked into records management systems at the federal, state, and local levels. Once the criminals gain access to the system, they plant a virus, causing problems when trying to retrieve records from these systems. The virus is a malicious string of software known as ransomware because after…

e-Records 2017: “Big Data vs. Information Security: Bringing Peace to Conflict”

This is the sixth post of a multi-part recap of the 2017 e-Records Conference. Presentation materials from the conference are available on the e-Records 2017 website. Information Governance: Take Control and Succeed The Public Information Act and Updates from 85th Legislative Session TSLAC Wants Your Electronic Records Establishing Information Governance for Local Governments in Microsoft…

Bracing for Recovery

We are cross-posting an important entry from Texas State Librarian Mark Smith’s blog. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission, in cooperation with the Texas Library Association, has been working to identify disaster recovery resources and options for use by libraries in the Houston and gulf coast area. First, it is important to be aware…

TSLAC & TLA Joint Statement on Hurricane Harvey

An important element of managing government records is planning for and recovering from natural disasters. In our consulting and training courses we advise securing the safety of personnel first and foremost, and then sorting out any damage to vital records in your office. While we are still waiting for the storm to disappear, recovery efforts…

FAQ: State Records Center

Frequently Asked Questions, and Some Questions that have never been asked about the State Records Center. Here are the answers to some of the FAQs I get from customers and some others that I just made up. How many records do you store there? This answer changes every time I hear the “Kerplunk” of the…

What Records Should Be Considered for Back-up Tapes?

Of all the records that your office creates, very few warrant the creation of back-up tapes and those that do will typically be an essential record. In short, essential records are usually records that are necessary to conduct emergency responses, to resume or continue operations,and to protect the safety and rights of residents. Other records…