With 75% of trains from Paddington already cancelled because of flooding, the Capital is in meltdown. This means that, as much as many Londoners would have liked to take a duvet day, the reality is that thousands will be working from home remotely.
They will need to access email, share documents and collaborate with other colleagues from home PCs, Macs or smartphones. The problem however lies in that whilst many employees use the likes of Google Drive and Dropbox in their personal everyday lives for these sort of tasks, these put the businesses they work for at major risk of breaching compliance rules. Both claim to securely store your information but the privacy policies do state that they have the rights to disclose your information with third parties, which raises questions over where the responsibility stops and starts when it comes to information governance. What is clear is that Londoners could face penalties if found negligent.
Speaking to IT Security Guru, Mark Bridger, Vice President from OpenText said: “We have already witnessed more than 600 million information breaches since 2006. One-third of these breaches were due to unintended disclosure, insider fraud, or the use of mobile devices. Security risks have intensified by globalisation, a reliance on email for business collaboration and mobile access, growing regulatory pressures and cloud computing. And we need to put a stop on this now. It would be sacrilege for uninformed Londoners to face fines just because they couldn’t get into the office!”