Secure your confidential information

US Army PFC Bradley ManningWouldn't it be nice to do what the US Government does, and condemn someone to death because they do something you don't like (New Charges Filed Against WikiLeaks Suspect)

However, US Government and the military are the laughing stock of any thinking person - how was this information leaked in the first place?  Thinking people are concerned that nobody is being hauled over the coals for the security policy (or lack of it) in the first place, nor for making sure that US government information is even moderately secure.

Everything is Top Secret

At the root of it, this is the problem.

Private First Class Manning was authorised (as an intelligence officer) to see Top Secret information.  Not restricted to just Iraq.  Not restricted to just military.  Just Top Secret.  And since just about everything the government does is classified as Top Secret (so the voters can't find out about it), that means that the sheer volume of "stuff" classified as Top Secret makes it very difficult to keep tabs and impose any sort of order.

But nothing is protected

What's your IT policy?  Do you have protection in place, so your company secrets can't be copied off onto a flash drive or CD?  Do you have your confidential documents as web pages, so they can't be downloaded en masse, but only read one at a time?

US Government doesn't.  Bradley managed to bulk copy 250,000 documents (you don't do that, one document at a time!) onto a CD-ROM and nobody knew he'd done it without going back to the logs.  He was then able to mail the CD to Wikileaks with no restriction.

So what has this to do with me?

You and I can't (usually) jail someone or condemn them to death for leaking confidential information.

When you pull together, we can move mountainsBut we can get everyone committed to each other, a bit like Edward III did when he created the "Modern Round Table" at the end of the 11th Century.  We can get people to understand the consequences, not to themselves (Private Manning probably knew the risk he was running) but (far more important to most people) the impact to friends and colleagues of their actions.  If you don't share the organisation's ideals, can you adopt them?  And if not, can you be detected? 

Actually, we may look back on this incident and thank Private Manning for sparking off the demands for democracy across the whole Arab world - but that's another story.

It takes Benefits Management

When we all pull together, we can move mountains.

People might not share the ideals when they join a company, and selection processes that put this as top priority may end up recruiting only the talentless.  But they can commit to the ideals as they settle in to the organisation, provided you know what you are doing and make an effort to help them.  That's what Benefits Management is really about.

Benefits Management isn't just about new projects and initiatives.  It's about aligning people, inspiring people to want to achieve the same outcomes, getting people to work together.

It applies just as much to your security policy, your remuneration and reward policy, to your expenses policy, to your recruitment and reward scheme as it does to the new projects and initiatives.

Don't leave it to chance and to the heavy (and expensive) hand of the law.  Take the opportunity and talk to us about how you can use Benefits Management to transform your organisation, from petty office politics and people running in different directions, to an inspired team of people proud to work for the organisation and proud to support the customer base.

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