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The Upstate New York Chapter of ARMA International, founded in 1969, is a diverse group of professionals from a cross-section of industries in Upstate New York. Members are at the front line of records management, dealing on a daily basis with such issues as records retention schedules and legalities, records storage, retrieval and disposition, disaster recovery and employee empowerment in records center operations.

Upcoming Webinar

Topic: Cyber Risks: Is your data retention program helping or hurting?
Date: October 5, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm
Speakers: Kathryn M. Rattigan and Jim Merrifield

About the presentation

Large scale data breaches continue to occur and affect organizations across all industries.  One critical aspect of your organization’s cybersecurity strategy should include a robust data retention and destruction program. Data retention programs outline what types of data are actively being stored, how long that data should be stored, and how it should be destroyed at the end of the designated period, barring any legal holds or other obligations. Part of the reason for a retention program to be included in your cybersecurity strategy is that if you are a victim of a cyber attack and you are retaining lots and lots of old data, it only increases the risk and costs associated with a breach -the more data you house, the more legal obligations you are likely to have in the event of an incident.  By periodically assessing and revising your retention program, your organization could reduce risk and cut costs. Essentially, the less data you retain on servers (or in storage rooms or facilities), the more able you are to manage and secure that data.

During this program, we will discuss:

  • Current Cyber Risks
  • Industries at Risk
  • Statistics on Cyber Attacks
  • What is a data retention schedule?
  • Sources of data retention standards
  • Data Minimization
  • Data Retention
  • Data Disposal

The program will be followed by a questions and answers session.

About the speakers

Kathryn Rattigan is a member of the Robinson+Cole's Business Litigation Group and Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She advises clients on data privacy and security, cybersecurity, and compliance with related state and federal laws. She represents clients across all industries, such as insurance, health care, commerce, education, energy, and construction.

Kathryn helps clients comply with all state and federal regulations related to data privacy and cybersecurity. She counsels clients facing government investigations over alleged non-compliance. She advises clients on the development of privacy and security plans, and how to best handle high-risk data to avoid breaches and cyber intrusions. Kathryn provides clients with the information needed to effectively handle potential and confirmed data breaches, including insight into state and federal regulations and requirements. If a client suffers a data breach, she assists with the follow-up response, including notification, remediation, and litigation.

Kathryn also advises clients on all legal issues surrounding the use of commercial drones, including navigation of Federal Aviation Administration regulations, commercial registration requirements, and Part 107 waivers. She reviews and prepares employee and subcontractor agreements for the piloting and use of drones. She advises commercial businesses on insurance options for adequate coverage for drone use.

Jim Merrifield is the Director of Information Governance & Business Intake at Robinson & Cole LLP. He co-founded the first ever conference focused exclusively on information governance, InfoGovCon (an ARMA International brand). He is an respected leader in the information governance community and active member of a number of industry associations including: ILTA, IAPP, LIFGS and ARMA.

Jim’s experience as a practitioner, consultant and solution provider within the information governance industry allows him to provide a unique perspective on a number of emerging industry trends. His experience includes deployment of enterprise programs, policy development and enforcement, creation of disposition programs and technology solution evaluation. He has published numerous publications, frequently speaks on information governance, security and data privacy issues, and has provided consulting services to law firms and Fortune 500 companies.

Jim is a certified information governance officer (CIGO) and certified information governance professional (IGP). He can be reached at jmerrifield@rc.com and LinkedIn.

How to Register

Contact Ted Hanousek

UNY ARMA Chapter Members: Free
Participating ARMA NE Region Chapter Members*: Free
Students: Free
ARMA Intl Members: $10
Non ARMA Members: $20

* Incl. ARMA New England, ARMA Metro NYC-LI, and ARMA Upstate NY.


Recorded Events

Watch the recording of From IM / Archivist to Risk Manager: How to transformation your role to focus on risk management presented by Amitabh Srivastav by clicking here. For the presentation slides click here.

The recording of Automating Retention Schedules: In-House vs. Outsourced is available by clicking here.

To watch the Keeping up with COVID-19 - Maintaining your Pandemic Records presentation, click here. For a copy of the slides click here. Unfortunately, the first couple of slides were not recorded.

If you would like to watch the recording of our Digital Preservation 101 for Records Managers event presented by Erin Faulder, click here. For a copy of her presentation slides, click here.

If you would like to watch the recording of our Data Classification for Security event, click here.


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