Employee data theft is on the rise
The current economic times are pretty uncertain. However in all this uncertainty there is one thing that you can count on for sure; more employees are going to steal company data. They aren’t going to be doing it to hurt the company specifically (at least probably not) they are doing it to make extra cash so they can make ends meet.
This is especially true for people who used to be making a lot more money and are now working entry level jobs outside their former field. From their perspective they are doing what they need to do to make ends meet so that they can fulfill there commitments (mortgage, bills, etc) or at least as many commitments as they can.
However from the companies point of view that customer data, or price list, or email database is priceless. Having that data out in the open can hurt profits, and damage customer confidence in your company and your employees. And nothing will drive customers away from you faster than having someone steal their data.
Unfortunately this means the companies must take drastic measures to ensure that private data stays private. This means buying and installing security products which track emails, website usage, etc so that you are aware of every piece of information which leaves your company network.
Many companies (especially larger companies) already track this information. If you have something in place already you are one step ahead. It may be time to review your settings and tighten up the security on some parts of the Internet such as chat rooms, proxy sites, and web-mail sites.
If you don’t already have something which tracks this data installed at your company then I can’t suggest enough that you find one to get. (Hint: we sell software which does this, links are on the right.) If you are the one that suggests that you install an employee monitoring software package you aren’t going to make any friends, that’s for sure. Buy if it catches someone sending data to someone they aren’t supposed to be sending data to, it will pay for itself and suddenly you’ll be the hero.
Now I know that software like this isn’t something that people want to talk about, but it’s in the best interest of your company to bring this up at the IT department meeting.