Investing in Information Security: Introducing Matt McClelland

When we started Doculabs in 1993, we focused almost entirely on the digitization and management of content: helping organizations go from paper-based processes to imaging. Back then, it was a world where organizations needed to move work between desktops and departments, but also across the country—and, for global organizations, to the other side of the world.

Over the next two decades, our business evolved to address a broader set of content and information management challenges.

Within the past 3 years, working with a number of clients, we came to recognize the close link between information management and information security. While firms we work with have always invested in security and protection at the perimeters of the organization, there is also a need to reduce the risk surface—and when that comes to content, an increasingly important security practice is to identify, organize, and purge an organization’s information, and appropriately secure its most sensitive information.

That’s why we recently added Matt McClelland to our team of security and information management consulting specialists. Matt will be working for us from Raleigh, North Carolina, and has a background in software development (Java, Oracle databases) and big data analytics. Most recently, Matt worked in the records management department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, on projects ranging from traditional records management, to e-discovery and litigation research, as well as enterprise search strategy and file analytics and taxonomy.

Matt has first-hand experience managing sensitive data at BCBS of North Carolina. “For success in information management, you have to think of what is viable and important to the organization,” he says. “If you’re pragmatic and tenacious about the work and you tie it to the goals of the company, you can be successful.”

Matt continues to emphasize the links between information management and security at Doculabs. “Information governance is a necessary support pillar for a strong and mature information security practice seeking to successfully protect the organization,” he says. “You’ve got to know the who, what, when, and where of content in order to protect it.”

It’s a fact of today’s world that we’ve been keeping way too much information. Outdated, obsolete, or orphaned information puts an organization at risk. Too much of that ever-growing volume of data out on shared drives and other repositories is just garbage, and it's time to we treated it as such.

Step 1 for all of us is to link our information management and information security policies and procedures. Effective governance for one informs the governance for the other.

That’s why we’re happy to welcome Matt McClelland to the Doculabs team.

 

 

Rich Medina
James Watson
I’m President and co-founder of Doculabs, serving as executive sponsor on consulting engagements for financial services clients.