Security is a Good Idea, Even Just to Cover Mistakes (Video)

People make mistakes. It’s human nature. Emails get sent to the wrong person, or people don’t end up getting certain emails. It turns out that email security and encryption isn’t just a good idea as a safeguard against hackers and prying eyes. It’s also a good idea in case someone sends a confidential email to the wrong person, as in the case of this Verizon video below.

Everyday, lots of confidential, proprietary, and sensitive information leaves a company via email. If it is necessary to transmit your company’s sensitive or confidential information outside the company, review the document(s) to ensure any unnecessary information has been removed before sending. These are some recommendations that Verizon offers you and your employees to take when transmitting data:  

  • Ensure you send to only authorized recipients
  • Ensure the data is reviewed and “scrubbed” as much as possible
  • Sensitive data must be sent in an encrypted attachment
  • Encrypted document passcodes should be sent through a separate  communication than the original email, such as through a separate email communication or voicemail or other verbal communication to the recipient

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Allison Midori Reilly is the CEO and Founder of Stirring Media, LLC. Stirring Media, LLC is a content marketing and news production firm that provides content marketing and business blogging services to the small business market. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer, who was published in over a dozen print and online publications, such as Smallbiztechnology.com, American City & County, Ideabing.com, Transport Topics and St. Louis Commerce Magazine. In her spare time, Reilly is an active member of Amnesty International as well as an avid poker player.

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One thought on “Security is a Good Idea, Even Just to Cover Mistakes (Video)

  1. Anonymous

    Allison, beyond email encryption, I’d also add that SMBs should implement encryption technologies on desktops, laptops and removable media to protect their confidential information from unauthorized access in the event of a lost or stolen device. I work at Symantec and according to our 2011 SMB Information Protection Survey, 62% of SMBs lost devices such as laptops, smartphones or tablets last year, and 42% have lost confidential or proprietary information in the past. No matter how well-meaning, end users will make mistakes that can be extremely costly for SMBs that have not taken measures to secure their intellectual property, customer and partner data.
     
    Chris Halcon
    Symantec

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