Data Security in Today’s Workplace

Laura Lee reminds business owners of the safety mechanisms necessary for a cyber-secure workplace:

 

 

Employers are faced with a daunting challenge as new technologies enter today’s workplace. Successfully navigating the intersection of privacy and data protection while maintaining a technology-driven workplace requires addressing the following:

  • Reduce the risk of a workplace security breach and respond appropriately when one occurs
    • Ensure use of secure, authenticated and industry–accepted encryption mechanisms
    • Invest in a Cyber Liability insurance policy
    • Implement a Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity plan
  • Develop appropriate policies to regulate the use of the latest technologies that impact the workplace and make these policies part of the company’s culture
    • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy
    • Email/Social Media policy
    • Company computer equipment usage policy
  • Include an “IT Security Best Practices” section as part of your onboarding process for new hires
  • Implement the use of stringent password requirement and/or the use of a password manager software

In order to protect your company, you need to develop clear, specific policies to keep your business safe, online and off. Policies, combined with training, leadership by example, and consistent enforcement, will help to ensure that employees are using company electronic resources as the company intends.