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Below is an excerpt of an article by Gimmal's Susan Cisco, Ph.D, CRM, FAI, printed in full in Information Management Magazine. The benefits of information governance (IG) are now acknowledged by most industries, and most agree that records and information management (RIM) is not a synonym for IG but rather a component of information governance, alongside compliance, e-discovery, privacy, and security. That said, IG program adoption in organizations of all sizes is lagging. The degree to which they embrace information governance varies widely; many adopt only components of the information governance framework in organizational silos, which undermines their organizations’ ability to effectively mitigate risk, cut costs, and leverage the value of information.