Getting employees on your side to improve Web security
We often hear about “disgruntled workers” wreaking havoc on computer systems and sensitive information. Interestingly we never hear about what I call “gruntled workers” and how they can — and do — contribute to enterprise security.
Getting the attention of your employees and having them on your side can go a long way towards improving the security of your Web sites and applications. When people who are otherwise disconnected from IT get on board with security, they’ll often go out of their way to ensure they do what’s right. I’ve also seen employees go the extra mile to help people in IT and software development when they find security flaws in the systems they’re working on. Employees don’t want security to get in their way but they’re often willing to step out of their traditional roles and help contribute to Web security to make things better for the business.
On the other hand, if you do things with security that irritate your employees they’ll often do just the opposite by making your life miserable and putting your business at risk. Everyone loses.
Focus on the positive and you’ll reap what you sow. Here are some ways I’ve found to get employees on your side and minimize business risks:
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