Whilst the British Government has made the risks of international cyber attacks as a key priority, pointing out that “attacks on computer networks are among the biggest emerging threats to the UK,” a Swindon based HR & Diversity Management Limited believes that, as a nation, we need to ensure we are not at risk of cyber attacks from sources much closer to home.
Christine Pratt of HR & Diversity Management Limited, pictured, says, "Corporate Cyber-Crime is on the increase. Cyber-Bullying is not just a kids thing! It is any form of bullying, harassment and intimidation using technology and, sadly, it affects adults too – particularly in the workplace. Corporate Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Bullying affects our daily working lives. “We all need to become much more ‘Cyber-Savvy’ if we want to stay safe in the world of Corporate Cyber-Space.”
She says businesses are dependent on their professional reputation more so now than ever given our tough, competitive, business climate. Any act that brings an employer to disrepute should be legislated for. So we urge all employers to raise awareness and draw up clear Cyber-Savvy Policies for their workforce in respect of corporate technology versus employee conduct.
This does not need to be a costly exercise. Review your employment policies. A good policy will explicitly set out acceptable and unacceptable conduct (including Cyber-Bullying and Cyber-Stalking) and will clarify penalties in terms of disciplinary sanctions. An I.T. policy will set out ‘usage monitoring’ provisions and state, clearly, that workplace systems are predominantly for work use – and not personal use.
The pro-active employer will also consider Cyber-Crime clauses in other contractual documents such as; Terms & Conditions, induction, grievance & disciplinary and Compromise Agreements etc. During the exit interview document the fact that you have reminded the leaver of the consequences of Cyber-Crime; including bullying, hate-blogging and unwelcome comments on Facebook or Twitter which are detrimental to the organisation.
Whilst a Cyber-Savvy policy will not necessarily stop this anti-social behaviour it will certainly act as a deterrent and will provide the business with a legal way forward. Our Government is absolutely right to draw our attention to the risks – and the urgent need for defence strategies. Expand on this and apply such strategies to your workplace too. We all need to take a responsible approach to Cyber-Crime and all anti-social behaviour using technology.
For further information contact HR & Diversity Management on 01793 338888 or mail: email@example.com