Think twice before you plug someone else’s memory stick into your computer or let members of your family use your business laptop for personal use. Then don’t do it. That was the message from Internet Safety and Risk Assessment Consultant John Parsons, who described how easily information can be tampered with through these pathways at yesterday’s presentation at the BNZ in Nelson.
John urges businesses to have a policy on use of communication devices, to avoid damaging their hard won reputations. It is also essential that businesses avoid breaching their relationship with their customers through third parties accessing customer information.
Internet security policies should include limits on use of communication devices for personal use, and require employees not to comment on the organisation they work for on their personal social media platforms. John recommends that employees be required to sign these policies, and be reminded of their obligations twice a year.