Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Could the Bank of America be the next target of Wikileaks?

What about your company?

A year ago, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claimed to have in his possession a ton of digital data from a Bank of America executive and this week he reportedly promised to post some company’s confidential documents as his next act, following his most recent posting of diplomatic documents.

The disclosure of thousands of secret messages among U.S. officials and diplomats, has set the press and world capitols in a frenzy.

And that raises the question, how would your business or organization deal with the publication of controversial documents stolen from your computers?

You don’t have to be a super bank outed by Wikileaks. You can be a small or medium size business with a disgruntled employee and find your confidential and sensitive inter-office communication on the front page of your local newspaper, on the 6 o’clock news, or buried inside the Wall Street Journal.

What would you do? Who would you call? How would you respond?

Where would you find enough antacid tablets to get you through the initial publication and then the follow-up reaction from employees, customers/clients, partners, vendors, investors, AND the media?

As Scott McKain says, “It’s easier to PREPARE and PREVENT, than to REPAIR and REPENT?

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