Employee training critical in managing confidential data

Errors in judgement could unintentionally expose companies to serious risks
By Andrew Lenardon
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/31/2016

When it comes to security, employee training is critical. A lack of training can lead staff to follow outdated or improper data management and information security protocols. As a result, human error-related data breaches can occur, which could ultimately have a big impact on a company’s bottom line and reputation.

Almost half of Canadian large business C-suite executives and small business owners recognize that human error and lack of employee knowledge concerning information security protocols are the two biggest future threats to their company (41 per cent and 47 per cent respectively), according to a 2016 Shred-it Security Tracker survey by Ipsos Reid.

Human error-related breaches can be easily mitigated when employers provide employees with the right tools to separate fact from fiction. One of the best ways to educate employees on how to reduce risk is to implement regular and comprehensive training programs on the best practices for responsibly managing, storing and destroying physical and digital data.