In our digital economy, we send and receive information quickly online. The Internet offers immediate communication with colleagues, clients, vendors, and other strategic partners. Yet we shouldn’t prioritize convenience over data security.
What data do you send in a day’s worth of emails? Sensitive data you send might include:
personally identifiable information (PII);
credit card or payment card information;
attorney/client privileged information;
IT security information;
protected health information;
human subject research;
loan or job application data;
proprietary business knowledge.
The problem is people sending without thinking about the security of the transmission. One way to gauge the need for security is to consider how you might send that same information via the postal service. Would you put that data on a postcard that anyone could read? Or would you send a sealed, certified mailing and require the recipient’s signature?
Transmitting data on the Internet in plain text is like the postcard – …