Is privacy a C level concern?

Privacy of your employee and customer data should be one of the top priorities of any board for any organisation. However sometimes C level exec’s are more interested in things right in front of them, like this quarters sales or the new product introduction.

To get them to pay attention you sometimes need to be a bit smart at getting the issue on table. James Governor points to a post by Michelle Dennedy from where she lists 10 tips from Scott McNealy. As Michelle says, I don’t “recommend anyone tries these at home, but they are pretty funny to imagine” the next C level meeting afterwards.

Top 10 Ways to Make Privacy a CEO-Level Concern

10. Show him his daughter’s MySpace page
9. Tell him the external auditors lost his personal data (on a laptop)
8. Install a hum generator in his handset
7. Pre-text his phone list– okay maybe not such a great idea
6. Update his Wikipedia posting
5. Publish his recent Netflix orders (assuming your CEO would be embarrassed)
4. Tell him you lost the corporate archives
3. Re-route his security camera to YouTube
2. Remove sticky notes, with his passwords, from his computer screen
1. Spend $1,000 to do a security check on him

5 thoughts on “Is privacy a C level concern?

  1. Then it would be:-

    10. Show her her daughter’s MySpace page
    9. Tell her the external auditors lost her personal data (on a laptop)
    8. Install a hum generator in her handset
    7. Pre-text her phone list– okay maybe not such a great idea
    6. Update her Wikipedia posting
    5. Publish her recent Netflix orders (assuming your CEO would be embarrassed)
    4. Tell her you lost the corporate archives
    3. Re-route her security camera to YouTube
    2. Remove sticky notes, with her passwords, from her computer screen
    1. Spend $1,000 to do a security check on her

    🙂

  2. Michael:

    I especially love the Top 10 list. Sr. Mgmt is way out of touch on these issues – and we need to make it personal!

    Regards from across the pond.

    Tom O’B

  3. Love Kevin’s comment, but the current C at our company is a he. The stats are against the “she” pronoun requisite as yet, but then, would I really have to go thru this much to explain to a she “C”?

    Just kidding on the last bit, but glad you are keeping an eye out for the ladies! We’re on our way…

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