Even if a new employee inadvertently leaves sensitive data on a computer, smartphone or tablet, this can cause real headaches for his or her new employer.
Columbus, OH (PRWEB) December 16, 2014
A new article by e-discovery firm Secure Discovery LLC is warning corporations about the traditional end of year spike in corporate cyber theft, as some employees poised to start a new job in January with a competitor attempt to take confidential information along with them.
“Most employees wouldn’t think of stealing client lists, formulas, manufacturing processes, plans, and other private information on their way out the door,” commented Mason Evans, Secure Discovery LLC’s Chief Legal Officer. “Unfortunately however, there are numerous employees across the country -- particularly those heading off to a competitor -- who have or will transfer confidential data to their laptop or flash drive, or email it to themselves and hide it in the cloud.”
In addition to highlighting the disconcerting rise in corporate cyber theft as the calendar winds down, Secure Discovery’s new article entitled “Year End Cyber Theft by Employees – Are You Prepared?” also provides corporations with key advice on how to avoid hiring a new employee who, as a result of bearing illicit gifts, could put their new employer on the wrong side of the law:
1. Have a written and enforceable policy safeguarding confidential information.
2. Prohibit access to personal email accounts from work computers.
3. Find out whether the prospective employee has a non-compete agreement.
4. Don’t let the prospective employee volunteer confidential information.
5. Don’t let the prospective employee disparage his or her current employer.
6. Consider examining the prospective employee’s laptop and mobile devices for commercial information that shouldn’t be there.
“Even if a new employee inadvertently leaves sensitive data on a computer, smartphone or tablet, this can cause real headaches for his or her new employer,” added Mr. Evans. “And of course, all employers should implement proper security and controls to minimize the adverse impact of departing employees.”
The full text of Secure Discovery LLC’s new article is available at http://www.secureedd.com/news.html.
For all other information, including media inquiries, contact Dave Porter at david(dot)porter(at)secureedd(dot)com.
About Secure Discovery LLC
Secure Discovery is guided by an uncompromising focus on exceeding client expectations. The company provides a full suite of e-discovery solutions, including: forensic services, ESI processing services, hosted document review services, matter management consulting, data security within law firms, and corporate litigation hold consulting. The company’s professional staff includes experts in the fields of litigation, finance, operations, and computer science.
Learn more at http://www.secureedd.com.