Information Security in the Workplace - The Employee's Role

Contributed by Corey Pachniak

While at work we believe that our co-workers are all trust worthy. While much emphasis is placed on the virtual security of that information, firms often overlook the physical opportunities provided by daily common tasks. This paper will demonstrate that during work hours an individual has several opportunities to inadvertently reveal critical information about themselves or about their organization. Most major firms provide avenues to communicate critical information securely, but due to the activities that inherently distract all of us, those securities are over looked. The intentions of the author is to provide several examples of daily oversights. The potential risks of the release as a result of those oversights will be discussed. Finally, this paper will provide simple methods to control the release of information, and how to address situation in which to handle unexpected releases of information.

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