Could WikiLeaks Get Your Secrets?
On Wednesday, standing before a federal judge in Manhattan, Ms. Chiesi pleaded guilty to three counts of participating in an insider-trading conspiracy.
—Peter Lattman, The New York Times “Dealbook,” 19 January 2011
“I would never do anything like this,” you avow.
But what about the people who work for—or with—you?
What if a competitor offered a colleague $50,000 for your marketing plans or specifications of manufacturing details of your hottest new product?
Or maybe a Wall Street shark heard a merger or acquisition rumor about your company and could make a killing in the market if he could confirm it. Who among your colleagues might be willing—for a price—to spill the beans?
These are desperate times. People are overextended and owe money. For example, a person with a chronically ill spouse with a pre-existing condition may be looking at crushing medical bills from a previous job. Or a gambling addiction. Or child support.
What do you know about the people you work with—and their real agendas?
2. Safeguarding Data and Secrets
Many years ago I did a cover story for Target Marketing on the huge data and list company TRW—now Experian. I wasn’t sure what direction the piece was going to take. But once in the Allen, Texas facility, I became fascinated with how data was protected. It started with a room bigger than a football field filled with batteries that instantly activated if ever there were a loss of power. Whenever data entered the system, some employee became the “owner” and was responsible for it from log-in to its ultimate destruction.
It seems to me that these questions that must be asked:
1. Is your sensitive data protected in some kind of impenetrable digital vault including encryption?
2. Who has access to the material in that vault?