E-mail, Internet access, and collaborative tools (whether a phone system’s conferencing capabilities, or document-sharing applications) are “must-haves” for most businesses today.
But by now many managers know that you shouldn’t stop at just implementing these tools and then going ahead, footloose and fancy-free, with using them. As with any other asset, you need to protect not just the
protocol on a company laptop, which led to a flood of exposed employee data. In attempt to make amends, the company felt obliged to offer the more than 17,000 affected employees a years’ free credit monitoring, at a reported cost of $25,000 (USD). Again, had the company been aware of the potential risks of mobile devices such as laptops, and the need for not just passwords but security features that prevent the download of unauthorized programs or applications, this breach could have been prevented.