Category Archives: Theme One: Information

Identity

“Test-Taking Whiz in College Admissions Scandal Pleads Guilty,” The Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2019.  Harvard grad would take SAT tests for others.

Apparently, someone can impersonate you and take “your” SAT test.

One suspects that the SAT folks are tightening the barn door.  And schools may be kicking out some loose horses.  Lots of different Information, Governance, and Compliance issues, at several different levels.

What information do you rely on when making decisions?  How important is it to you that that information is accurate?

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Foxes and hen houses

“McKinsey Broke the Rules, Now It Wants to Rewrite Them,” The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2019.  Company that was fined $32 million for failing to disclose conflicts to write the rules for industry.

It makes sense, in a strange way, to have the person who violated the existing rules and got caught, to write the new rules.  Who knows the loopholes better?

But why does a single federal judge get to make this decision for all the bankruptcy courts?  That’s the province of the Supreme Court.

So, Governance, Information, and, after a fashion, Compliance.

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Ransomware is still out there

“Norsk Hydro Repairs Systems and Investigates After Ransomware Attack,” The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2019.  Company crippled by cyberattack involving ransomware.

How well do we protect our company’s operations from ransomware attacks?  Is that Security’s job, or IT’s?  Is this part of Information Governance?  Important here was the company’s ability to shift to manual operation, bypassing the infected systems.

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Hiding in plain sight

“Facebook Bends to EU Pressure on ‘Misleading’ Fine Print,” The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2019.  Facebook challenged on its terms of service.

Facebook was forced to make its terms of service clearer on a critical point: how Facebook makes money off of your data.

Continuing theme of governments starting to get a grip on the major platforms.  So, Governance. And Information. And Compliance.  And major companies hiding things in plain sight.

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Rules v. guidelines

“PG&E Among Utilities Cited for Failing to Protect Against Cyber and Physical Attacks,” The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2019.  They allegedly broke the rules years ago.

What does it say when major utility companies don’t follow the rules on protecting themselves from cyberattack?  Is that a colossal Governance and Compliance issue?  Do they feel that the rules don’t apply to them?  Are they more like guidelines?  Is this a cultural issue?

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Use/non-use

“U.S. Requires Texas Tech Med School to End Use of Race in Admissions Decisions,” The Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2019.  The US government prohibits the use of a person’s race as a factor in medical school admissions.

What information can you use in making admissions decisions, and what information can you not use?  Is “race” information?  Is this part of Information Governance?   And Compliance?

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Opening the door

“Amazon Wants You to Use Alexa to Track Health Care,” The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2019.  Using Alexa allegedly meets HIPAA requirements.

How do you manage your health information?  Is that Information Governance?  Do you want to automate part of that?  How secure is Alexa?

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