July 06, 2017
The head of the CIA had his private email account hacked. Hackers stole agency data that shouldn’t have been on his personal account. Did you know hackers can use a private email account to attack your customers? Or that employees can keep secrets from you if they use private email? Think twice about allowing personal email accounts for business communications because:
“All companies should be concerned about retention because a failure to preserve information may give rise to allegations of spoliation in litigation. It is nearly impossible for a company to preserve an employee’s personal email account because the company typically has no control over the settings or usage of that account, both of which could increase the likelihood of a spoliation claim. Allegations of spoliation, if proven, can result in substantial sanctions to a company.”
There’s more than enough evidence and data to show that private email accounts are dangerous for business communications. So what are you waiting for? Encourage your employees to exclusively use their work accounts for business communications. Start today.
Besides setting up a policy so staff only use their work email for work, you should also be employing an email security system to better protect your work email accounts. An email security system should be in place to protect against threats, such as ransomware, coming through email. Even if your team has been trained to be cautious and avoid social engineering, without an effective and strong security system, threats can still get through.