Bad Behavior = Bad Press: Employee Behaviors That Spell Trouble for Your Information Security Compliance Program


In the world of privacy and information security compliance, your employees can either be your greatest source of risk or your first line of defense. How so? A well-trained employee can be the difference between a significant data breach and a near miss. Recent headlines reveal how employees’ inadvertent mistakes led to these widely publicized information security breaches:

Properly trained, your employees will not inappropriately download and take home with them files that include the Social Security numbers of millions, only to have their laptops stolen. Actual headline: “VA Loses Data on 26 Million Veterans: Employee Claims Laptop With Sensitive Data Was Stolen.”

Properly trained, your employees will not use peer-to-peer file -sharing programs on their work computers, potentially exposing files they did not intend to share. Actual headline: “Widespread Data Breaches Uncovered by FTC Probe: FTC Warns of Improper Release of Sensitive Consumer Data on P2P File-Sharing Networks. (More than 100 organizations were affected.)”

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