August 23, 2010 Michael Bickerton
Something we all forget to consider in the mix of email and social networking conversations is web security. You may think that everyone is clear about what information your company considers proprietary. Information that is “secret” or needs to be kept private should be clearly defined. If it is important to your organization to keep certain information “under wraps”, then, be sure to advise employees that information must not be disclosed. Again the ethical issues of openness and honesty present themselves.
Larger organizations can hire web security firms like Websense to monitor websites, email, and even social media. Smaller organizations are at far more risk and may well be far more vulnerable to social networking faux pas. What can you do to avoid unnecessary risk and loss of privacy and ensure that your important information is secure?
The issue is larger than we think because everyone today is online. They are in conversations with friends, customers, vendors and even competitors. We are in an era of self-publishing, as such, there is a wide range of information, both personal and corporate being published. The key, as with many things’ is preparation and information. As your digital agency we suggest that you put in place an online web security program. Once published, the company then must hold employee information sessions, this is key!
Your security is important, your staff will welcome the guidelines, and most importantly your organization’s privacy and security will be well guarded. Remember loose lips sink ships. Today the risk (as with everything related to the internet) is amplified.
Michael Bickerton, Raven5 Ltd, August 2010