In honor of Records & Information Management month, we want to give a “shout-out” to the Records and Information Management (RIM) industry and all of those who work in it, but whose work may not be fully understood by others in the company. Who are these RIM professionals and what do they do?

To start, let’s talk about a few of the common acronyms used to certify the professionals and experts in our industry. What do they all mean? Sometimes, we get so used to seeing acronyms in signature lines that we forget to stop and think about what they mean and represent.

  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E): Those who carry the CIPP/E certification have advanced knowledge of privacy laws and regulations and how to apply them. They have a foundational understanding of broad global concepts of privacy and data protection law and practice, including jurisdictional laws, regulations and enforcement models.
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US): The CIPP/US certification carries the same knowledge base as the above CIPP/E but their knowledge lies within the US laws and regulations.
  • Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM): This person knows the ins and outs of privacy regulations but their certification means they know how to apply it to an organization.
  • Certified Records Manager (CRM): Those in the industry who have earned their CRM certification have proven they are well versed in general management practices, but additionally all aspects of recordkeeping from creation, management, control, storage and deposition, through in-depth areas of record keeping technologies.
  • Enterprise Content Management Practitioner (ECMP): Those who hold an ECMP certification have an in-depth understanding of the big picture of content management when it comes to larger corporations.
  • Information Governance Professional (IGP): An IGP has a strategic perspective and knowledge to help organizations leverage information for maximum value while reducing costs and mitigating the risks associated with using and governing this important asset.
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): An MSCE has expert knowledge and skills with Microsoft technology solutions such as System Center and Windows Server. Having these certifications on our support team means we can offer advanced solutions on databases and complex issues that can arise with records management integrations between Excel and SharePoint, among others.

We are proud to say that we have 14 of these advanced certifications on the Zasio team with at least one employee certified in each category. When we claim to be “Records Management and Information Governance Experts,” we’ve got the credentials to back it.