Online collaboration has revolutionized the way technology can help organizations leapfrog their competition. But how do companies reap the rewards of online collaboration while avoiding risk? Business users are more comfortable than ever with acquiring collaboration applications - with or without IT's approval. In fact, the biggest security risk may be dedicated employees who don't understand the potential for data leakage and loss of control over intellectual property, personally identifiable information, financial information, or other sensitive documents. Risk and compliance issues are compounded by the pervasiveness of electronic documents; sharing is quick and easy, dramatically increasing the potential opportunities for misuse or loss of control.
It's time for companies to face the fact that end users must share information in ways that aren't protected by the current corporate infrastructure. The future is here; no amount of resistance will make it go away.
How can top-level IT and compliance managers protect their companies from the risks of online collaboration without becoming known as "The Department of No?" This paper outlines the steps IT and compliance must take to join forces and provide a high-productivity collaboration environment that supports document confidentiality, integrity and availability.
Must reading for anyone who wants to use IT and compliance to create competitive advantage for their company!
About the author: Corporate Integrity founder Michael Rasmussen, J.D., CCEP, OCEG Fellow, is an internationally recognized pundit on governance, risk management, and compliance and is noted as the "Father of GRC" - being the first to define and model the GRC market.