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Limitations of records management in Microsoft 365

Office 365 is a ubiquitous and incredibly useful information collaboration platform, and Microsoft continues to evolve the service to meet governance, compliance, and regulatory requirements across the globe. However, there are some key shortcomings in the Office 365 functionality for continuum records management, which is the model required by the International Standards 15489 and 16175, and by …

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What happens when you get rid of all your records managers?

In 2014, an Australian local Council introduced SharePoint to replace its TRIM records management system. Like many Councils nationwide, the City has a wide spectrum of responsibilities, from rangers to rates, libraries to the public pool, with a diverse workforce and specialist skill sets to match. In 2016, the city’s IT manager recommended to the …

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Circular reference broken between AFDA and ISM

Eagle eyed readers and records management wonks will have noticed a circular reference between the National Archives of Australia’s Administrative Functions Disposal Authority and the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Information Security Manual, regarding system backups. The ISM, until the most recent update, stated: Retention periods for backupsTo prevent backups from being retained for an insufficient amount of time …

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In-place records management versus in-place records management..?

A new research paper has clarified the three types of records management model, and they are (to paraphrase): centralised in-place traditional and in-place modern (what we call the Data Castle).  “Rival records management models in an era of partial automation” by Lappin, J., Jackson, T., Matthews, G. et al., published in Archival Science in January, Expounds on …

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Castlepoint has a Successful First Round of ANU Interns

We have recently had two of our very first interns from the Australian National University complete an internship program with us. It was a mutually fantastic experience worth highlighting due to the learnings and contributions made. Both Ming and Manuwai made such an impression on us that they have officially become part of the Castlepoint Systems team, and we are so pleased to have them.   As a relatively new company ourselves, we can …

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The risks of relying on ‘making a record’

The Register reports that, due to human error, 145,000 KPMG Microsoft Teams user chats were deleted, and can’t be recovered. KMPG was using retention policies in Teams, which have some broader limitations and risks for compliance. Unfortunately, in attempting to modify the policy for one user, they modified it for all, and deleted chat threads across the whole …

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ASD and the problem to the solution

New Australian Signals Directorate Director-General Ms Rachel Noble PSM spoke today at the ANU National Security College. Castlepoint CEO Rachael Greaves was invited to attend as a representative of the Australian information security technology ecosystem. The topic was ‘Long histories, short memories: the transparently secret ASD in 2020’, and you can see the speech online on the National Security …

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Building Trust in the Public Record: the new policy for government

The National Archives of Australia has just released the exposure draft of the new records and information management policy, that will follow on from the Digital Continuity 2020 standard. The new policy is called Building Trust in the Public Record, and the theme is very much on integrity and accountability. While the thrust of the message may …

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Turning a corner – in-place management is here to stay

Something has been happening recently, and it’s good news for good governance. After 5 years, the Department of Finance, Digital Transformation Agency and National Archives have all harmonised on something that has been a requirement of the International Standards since 2011. All evidence of business is a record, and all records must be managed. In …

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