Make confidentiality and security focal points of employee orientation and training

Forward-thinking organizations have employee onboarding processes that teach the importance of keeping data secure, while also describing their information management policies in detail. Highlighting the value of flexibility and mobility is a critical aspect of that training. Remind new staff that although protecting information is of paramount concern, that doesn’t mean it will compromise their ability to innovate and to work with colleagues, wherever they may be.

It’s important to highlight the interconnectivity between personal and corporate privacy risks. If bring-your-own-device (BYOD) is a company policy or benefit, make sure that the employment agreement addresses the implications related to ownership of data. Managing employees’ expectations is important, but organizations must also understand corporate legal issues such as data ownership and privacy, as well as the cost related to investigations or litigation matters that would require sifting through personal versus business data on a device.