50 Crucial Questions For IT Governance

Information sharing lies at the heart of economic competitiveness, social inclusion and the delivery of government services online.

But conflicts of guidance get in the way of good practice. These include UK/EU legislation that forbids or mandates different approaches towards the sharing of information which can often lead to wrong decisions being made, overworked and under trained staff, personal tragedy and corporate bankruptcy.

Members of  the Digital Policy Alliance (EURIM - formerly the Information Society Alliance) have prepared around 50 crucial questions that cut to the very heart of information and identity governance. These questions will be discussed amongst Masters students from leading academic institutions who have diverse but relevant backgrounds in IT and e-business.

Why is identity governance important?

UK/EU/global competitiveness, innovation and enterprise

The UK and European Union must grow out of recession, and fast! Getting the right balance between information assurance and identity governance is key to meeting this challenge:

  • Ensure UK/EU governance regimes make it a location of choice for the identity and information services that are at the heart of global electronic commerce;
  • Improve the quality (accuracy, availability, presentation etc.) of the information used for public service delivery and for policy formation, implementation and performance monitoring.

  • Ensure that all responsible for action have access to clear and practical guidance as to what should, or should not, be retained or shared, with whom and under what circumstances.

Benefits of information and identity governance

  • Attract and foster reputable, wealth-creating businesses with regulatory regimes that support and encourage good practice, including for secure interoperability with trusted partners in other parts of the world under different legislative and regulatory regimes;

  • Avoid driving reputable businesses offshore to avoid spending time and money on tick box regulatory regimes which get in the way of good customer service;

  • Reduce reliance on systems that are liable to catastrophic failure, let alone data leakage.

Long-term goals

  • make sure that our growing reliance on the online world is not inhibited by fear of e-crime and the consequences of failure to provide adequate cybersecurity;

  • preserve and enhance UK/EU competitiveness by making it a natural hub for global law enforcement: civil (including contracts and disputes) as well as criminal;

  • ensure democratically accountable regimes for partnership policing (law enforcement and industry) and cybersecurity: locally, nationally, regionally (e.g. pan-EU) and internationally;

  • ensure compatible identity, data protection, sharing and surveillance regimes that attract rather than repel globally trusted information operations. 

Information and identity governance project

E RADAR's research project aims to summarise current understanding and stimulate fresh thinking on the importance of Information and Identity Governance, and to inform the work of the Information Society Alliance Task Force Group in organising the joined up scrutiny of proposals for change.

The means is to identify University departments with relevant strengths and topics on which industry (users as well as suppliers) would be willing to assist Masters students with access to information, and to their staff for interviews and/or surveys. The University departments may cover a wide range of disciplines; topics discussed cover law, sociology, psychology, human geography, business, technology policy, economics as well as computing and politics.

The vision is of a world in which governments, enterprises and citizens recognise and act to create information and identity governance systems that meet the needs of all participants, are fit for purpose, and attract globally trusted business and transaction hubs that can inter-operate with the systems of other nations and regions.

The unanswered questions...

We have prepared around 100 crucial questions that cut to the very heart of information and identity governance.

The questions are divided into 9 key themes