This Friday, my colleague Ian McKenzie, is hosting a Live Meeting on “Information Governance and Assurance in the Public Sector”. It’s one of a series that he’s been running, and I thought it would be worth telling you about this one because it has relevance to your challenges. And the good news is that you don’t need to move away from your computer, as it’s run as an online meeting on the web.

According to the UCISA Top Issues Survey, Information Governance isn’t in the Top 10 issues that university IT teams are thinking about. And “Identity/Access Management” only makes it to number 5 of the Top 5 list of Emerging issues. Which surprises me, because across education at the moment, there seems to be a bit of a stir going on about Information Security, following on from the various reports about Data Handling and Data Sharing. I have found that when talking to people about this issue, there’s a lot of useful information already out there – and that the challenges we’re facing in securing information in education are often very similar to challenges faced by bigger departments across Whitehall.

Here’s the details from Ian:

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The next Live Meeting in our series on how you can optimise the use of Microsoft technology to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of Public Sector ICT will focus on information governance and assurance.

This Live Meeting explores the Microsoft technologies that enable Public Sector organisations to address the security requirements of the recent Data Handling (Cabinet Office) and Data Sharing (Information Commissioner’s Office) reviews.  During this Live Meeting our experts will provide you with an overview on:

  • Microsoft technology for establishing a secure ICT infrastructure and protecting confidential information ‘at rest’ on devices and ‘on the move’ for an increasingly mobile workforce
  • Microsoft customers and the benefits they are realising from applying Microsoft technology to their information governance challenges

Our experts will demonstrate, with practical examples from Public Sector organisations, how Microsoft’s approach to information governance can enable the secure deployment of public services online, including the new services that will be enabled by Government Connect that links local authorities to central Government data via GCSx.

What the Live Meeting will cover:

11:00 Opening remarks and Live Meeting guidance

11:05 Microsoft and Information Governance

11:45 Questions and Answers

12:00 More information and next steps

When the Live Meeting takes place:

Friday March 20, 2009: 11:00 – 12:00

How to take part:

Simply click on the link below for more information and to register to take part. You will automatically be sent your access details to connect to the Live Meeting on Friday March 20th at 11:00:

Microsoft and Information Governance

All we need is 1-hour of your time at your desk, in front of your PC/web browser and Microsoft experts will explain how you can get more out of your investment in Microsoft technology by implementing flexible and mobile working solutions that improve information access and increase staff productivity

If you do attend, come back to this post and add a comment on it’s value – it’ll be helpful to others and to me (eg should I be telling you about some of the other Live Meetings that Ian runs?)