The biggest threats to your company’s cybersecurity are not the dark, hooded figures that have come to represent hackers on TV commercials. In fact, neither are they actual hackers.
Countless formal and informal studies show that most employees retain at least some company data when they leave a job. The reasons vary from the benign (like when an employee inadvertently keeps a work flash drive) to the more malicious (in the case of an employee’s deliberate theft of company trade secrets for use at […]
Most organizations have some form of workplace violence prevention plan in place. However, that is only the first step. Security or HR personnel may not know how to effectively communicate this plan to employees, or how to appropriately communicate that an actual incident is in progress. According to security expert Dick Sem, CPP CSC, that’s […]
The definitions of workplace violence and sexual harassment seem unrelated at first, but since HR and security professionals are so often called in to work together on both issues, the crossover between the two policies suggests these incidents share several commonalities.
HR and security practitioners must fully understand the differences between a threat assessment, an employee assistance program (EAP) referral, an intervention by a psychologist, and a Fitness for Duty (FFD) evaluation, usually done by a psychiatrist. There are significant legal differences, and the approaches and outcomes can lead to different responses while trying to manage […]
Company HR and security professionals began to focus on workplace violence prevention using policies and training as far back as the early ’90s, when the issue was often described as something that happened either rarely, only at the U.S. Postal Service, or both. Early policies included language that prohibited weapons in the workplace and at […]
The orientation process for new employees can be like drinking from a fire hose, with a lot of information—and not all of it completely relevant for them—in a short period. The Security department may play a large or small role in this discussion, and it’s critical that the presenters provide consistent, useful information that the […]
Workplace harassment is a pervasive issue that too often gets overlooked or simply dismissed by those with the authority to address issues before they escalate. Maybe employees on the receiving end of a workplace bully don’t feel comfortable reporting the incidents, or perhaps they don’t know what resources are available to them. Who should they […]
Some believe that our increasing reliance on technology has lessened the importance of humans in today’s workplace, but just the opposite is true. Although technology can help us work more efficiently, humans remain the central motor that drives all endeavors forward. This means human resources (HR) must play a role in cybersecurity.
It’s all too easy for many employees to consider workplace security as someone else’s job. They often assume the responsibility lies with management, security staff, surveillance cameras, the IT department, or the police. That can be true to an extent, but for security to really be effective, everyone at the company must be involved.