FAQ: Is Metadata a Part of an Electronic Record or Not?

Recently, we have received many questions about metadata. Most of the inquiries about metadata revolve around two questions – What is metadata and why is it important. The purpose of this article is to discuss whether metadata is part of an electronic record and if so why. So, what is metadata? Metadata is the information…

Benefits and Limitations of Auto Classification in Records Management

As more organizations move from paper to electronic records, records management professionals face more complex challenges in managing these records. In their effort to maintain seamless records management processes within their organization, records managers expressed interest in products that specifically automate key records processes and controls. Records management professionals must ensure that the introduction of…

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Cyber Blackmail: More Than Just Ransomware

We are happy to welcome guest writers from the Texas Department of Information Resources, Daniel Hankins, Shared Services Security Manager and Andy Bennett, Director Information Security Governance. Ransomware, which is when a criminal encrypts an organization’s data and then demands payment before releasing the key required to reverse the encryption that is holding the victim’s…

FAQ: Should I adopt TSLAC’s schedules or Create a Custom Schedule?

One of the most critical decisions you must make as a records management officer at a local government is deciding on a schedule for records retention. This schedule gives you the authority to destroy records. In developing your records retention plan, you must choose from the following three options: Forego a records retention schedule and…