How to keep company secrets when employees move on
Consider these measures you can take to stop proprietary data from leaving with your workers.
Does your data stay put when your employees move on? Maybe not. Nearly 60 percent of employees steal company information when they leave or are fired, with 67 percent of them taking it to a new job, according to a study by Traverse City, Mich.- based privacy and data protection research firm the Ponemon Institute. Yet only 15 percent of respondents’ employers performed any sort of review of the digital or paper documents employees were taking.
You, however, should take more protective measures. Well before employees leave, you should have a plan for how you’re going to protect the data, says Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of Ponemon Institute. That includes extra measures for dreaded scenarios such as the departure of a disgruntled senior manager or IT administrator. Here’s a guide to preventing data from walking out the door with departing employees:
Know your people and keep them happy.
Get to know your employees and determine who may pose more of a risk, whether because they have their fingers on your crown jewels or because they seem unhappy or volatile. Be suspect of new employees who offer to deliver customer lists or other secrets from their previous employer. You could get the same treatment when they move on again, Ponemon warns.
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