Keeping Your Company's Confidential Information Close to the Vest
As noted in our January 15th elert, for your business to work well, you likely share all or some of the company's most sensitive, confidential information with your employees. Such information can include client preferences and key decision makers, financial and profit data, sales strategy documents, product development plans, recipes and so forth.
With the exponential growth of technology in the workplace, including the use of smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc., it is both convenient and perhaps necessary for employees to have this information with them at all times. Unfortunately, this constant and unrestricted access to sensitive information makes it tempting for employees to take some or all of it on their way out the door – and share it with a competitor.
Given the explosion in use of smart phone apps like WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat, which allow users, with minimal effort, to share information and pictures with a large audience, your employees can now distribute confidential information to thousands of unintended recipients through the mere click of a button. While a well-crafted Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policy can help ensure that company information on your employees' electronic devices remains confidential and protected during and post employment, a BYOD policy is only one of a number of available tools that can be used for your company's protection.
Is your company taking the appropriate steps to keep its confidential information close to the vest?
To answer this question, we encourage you to take advantage of our previously announced offer of scheduling a complimentary review of the steps your company is taking to protect its confidential information. Due to the significant amount of interest generated by this promotion, we are extending it to the end of March. Please reply to this e-mail or contact your Elarbee Thompson attorney to schedule your complimentary review.