Data breech in the workplace
A disturbing study conducted online in the US showed that most employees take employer's confidential information with them outside of the office and even with them to their next employer. The survey showed that employees are in the habit of taking company data home with them and even transferring it onto their personal computers. Data transferred include sensitive or confidential information such as customer details, financial reports, contact lists and employee records.
It goes without saying that the loss of confidential information or 'trade secrets' can be of great cost to company, and in some cases could make or break an organisation. A competitor could be given an unfair advantage with your investment in research or breakthroughs.
Some solutions to the problem on the side of employers include:
- Simply start by thinking about who owns data in your organisation, but remain sensitive to the fact that employees often feel that they are owners or part-owners of information and expertise that they helped to introduce into the organisation.