A changing workforce requires a new approach

The business world is rapidly changing. The way we conduct business will continue to evolve. The younger workforce graduating will be accustomed to working on a contractual and evolving basis without having the regular work hours the past generation was used to or the loyalty to a company that past generations had.

Outsourcing and contract workers will become the norm as businesses adjust to the growing global demands of its clients and as new and changing skill sets are demanded and required to address their challenges.

These changes to our workforce mean an increased challenge to security awareness managers. Managers will need to be sure that this new and ever changing set of workers will be able to keep secure the intellectual property of the company. Security awareness training will not only need to become part of an organization’s orientation training practices but will become an essential requirement of those courses. Stringent adherence to corporate policies and testing on the knowledge of those policies will become increasingly more important for security managers.


This is an aspect of outsourcing that a lot of people don't consider. In my field of work (design and communication), I saw a lot of horror stories about companies outsourcing to other smaller companies and then seeing their copyrights, portfolio creations, and other intellectual properties ending up scattered over the internet. Especially when outsourcing with companies in other countries, sometimes not bound to the same laws as yours, it becomes a real concern.

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