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Jan 14 2016

2015 Takeaway

By: Rob Lynn

 

As posted on the August 24th blog “Employee privacy Expectations when using a company computer” one of the most surprising aspects of the leaked information from the Ashley Madison data breach was that many of the people who registered for their website, used their work email address.  One of the big takeaways from 2015 is that employers should instruct their employees via handbook policy updates, that they should have Zero expectation of privacy.  These types of embarrassing breaches should serve notice to all employees that proper workplace behavior is fully expected.

The other part of the data breach story for 2015 is the increasing number of attacks on businesses.  Reuters recently reported that Target Corp agreed to pay thirty-nine million dollars to settle claims with those banks that lost money due to the data breach in 2013. In Target’s breach, one hundred and ten million people had their numbers and email addresses stolen after forty million credit card users information was compromised. 

Protecting company data by consistently monitoring cybersecurity vulnerability will take more time & money as our society becomes even more connected to the internet.  Gartner group predicts that by 2020 twenty-five billion things will be connected to the internet up from five billion in 2015.    With the connected watches and the wellness wearables there will be more private medical or personal information on the internet and therefore, the chance for more data breaches increases.

Total Team Solutions does provide our clients payroll services, employee benefits & human resource services such as updating handbooks to make sure employees understand their right of privacy at the workplace.


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