(L-R) Harry Markopolos, Kevin Desouza, Victor Camlek (moderator)
- Humans and their expertise (back up your data!)
- Technology devices (especially laptops)
- Knowledge-based alliances
- Physical security and physical assets
- Partnerships (you are legally responsible for their actions)
- Contracts only keep honest companies honest.
- Be especially cautious with laptops and guard them closely when you travel.
- Don’t put anything on social networking sites that you do not want to be publicly available. Allowing company employees to participate in LinkedIn is a good way to provide your competitors with proprietary information.
- Be careful about tradeshows—it’s astonishing what you can learn, but there is also a lot of vague or misleading info passed around. So take it with a grain of salt. The social receptions are very fruitful!
- You have no online confidentiality!
- Many companies do not take care of their people adequately, so their employees are not motivated to protect the organization.
- Every culture has its own weakness; America’s is that we’re too open.
- CEOs don’t get any training in security!!
- If you are concerned about information leaks, periodically sweep offices, conference rooms, and executive cars (don’t forget their golf bags!) for bugs.
- Keep critical information off laptops, and encrypt hard drives.
- Use e-mail encryption for sensitive communications.
- Don’t trust public Wi-Fi sites.
- Subscribe to an anonymizing service for Web surfing.
- To catch internal corporate spies, offer rewards for information.
That’s all excellent advice. Some of it may be well known, but there were some things presented in this session that I had not considered. I sure you will have the same experience.
Columnist, Information Today