P_IG_14 Information Asset Policy
The management of information assets is crucial in achieving a secure information handling and management structure within the organisation. Information is an invaluable resource to The Trust, its loss can damage its reputation and service delivery, and its misuse can damage the organisation and individuals.
An information asset can be defined as an operating system, infrastructure, business application, off-the-shelf product, user-developed applications, records and information. It will have recognisable and manageable value, risk, content and lifecycles and can range from a basic Excel spread sheet or database to a national system. Within the Trust there are hundreds of such systems, both electronic and paper that hold information relating to service users and staff.