While WikiLeaks has been and continues to be in the news due to their release of U.S. government files, it should surprise no one that in fact, the site has been releasing both government and corporate secrets for quite some time before the current WikiLeaks media blitz and debate began.

Our staff, along with Jeremy Reis, who wrote a recent article on this topic, believes that the WikiLeaks offer opportunities and lessons to be learned for many organizations — if only they think of how this dynamic might relate to their own organization.

A business generates a lot of internal documents from social emails exchanged; supply chain management logistic directives; critical and private sales and marketing strategies;  HR related information exchange, critical customer related correspondence and those organizational resilience related secret business processes that provide those organizations with a competitive advantage. And, if a breach occurs concerning any of this private confidential information, that organization may be subject to regulatory actions that can lead to fines and economic penalties or simply experience a competitive advantage loss leading to economic losses that even the best business continuity planning process might not be able to avoid.

Mr. Reis’ article, recently posted on the Reuter’s U.S. Edition’s website, presents the following five (5) lessons to be learned from WikiLeaks and suggests that every manager will benefit from knowing these lessons:

  1. There are no completely secure systems.
  2. Weigh the risks of a data breach.
  3. Segment your data.
  4. Understand the maturity of your staff
  5. There are right ways and wrong ways to handle an embarrassing data breach.

Click here to view Mr. Reis’ total article.

If you found this information valuable and applicable to your situation, please pass it along to those risk management, information security preparedness team members in your organization.

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