Online Privacy b Mission Impossible Style

Protecting customer data isnbt the only concern for executive level management with online security.B Online privacy, and protecting company intellectual capital, is just as important.

Your sensitive company data including the information in your customer relationship management software, proprietary forms, contracts with customers and suppliers, and your staff are among the assets that make your business valuable and a going concern.B And, while the loss of any single piece of information or component might not be devastating, put a few of these together and you could be scrambling to keep your bboat afloatb.

There are a few things that companies can do to ensure basic protection.B These include:

  • Non-disclosure and non-compete agreements where appropriate
  • Setting, testing and maintaining user rights and permissions for company systems
  • Adding a copyright to any company created document that includes proprietary information

But, this is just a start.B Protecting your sensitive company data may require a shift in the way you think about how you do business.

For example, under the bflagb of fighting terror, governments around the world have infiltrated nearly all forms of communication.B Theybre listening to our phone calls, reading our emails and text messages, and analyzing our web browsing history.B And, if the government can do it, it doesnbt take a huge leap to imagine that there are unsavory characters that can do the same.

Just think about it for a minute.B Big US email providers NEVER delete your data.B Ever.B The cost of storage is trivial.B For Google, it costs 1/10,000th of 1 cent to store an email.B So, even when you empty your trash, Google still has access to all of your history.B In other words, every email youbve ever sent is likely to be stored somewhere forever.B And, hackers love going after the high profile targets.

With email, one of the solutions may be to send sensitive communication as a self-destructing e-mail.B Think Mission Impossible!B There are a few services offering secure messaging that destroys the note after itbs read.B If you want to send a message to someone and know that only that person will read it, this is a good option.

Hopefully, youbre beginning to get the picture.B If your client list, proprietary business processes, or sensitive communication fell into benemyb hands, how much damage would you sustain?B If the answer to that question is bconsiderableb, itbs time to pause to re-think what needs to be better secured and how to go about doing that.

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