Protecting Companies

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After Edward Snowden released the NSA’s data, companies started to look into how to spot rogue workers in order to prevent this from happening again. As it is very expensive to watch every employee working under a large company, behavior analysis is being implemented. Patterns are recognized and connected to employees, and if a pattern seems suspicious then that employee is put under watch to see whether or not that employee will go rogue. This constant monitoring of employees help companies protect themselves and their data. Companies are worried that employees will be able to take their data easily and so are trying all that they can to prevent that from occurring, even if it means that the employees are analyzed and not trusted.

A problem that the Edward Snowden case revealed was that it was easy to steal classified data if you had access to it. No one expected an employee to steal the data. And when Edward Snowden did it created a whole new world. A problem that has occurred because of that is that every one is wary of each other now. In this new world trust levels are decreasing and this is because of Edward Snowden. It’s interesting that this was a seen, yet unseen consequence of the release of the data. It was a given that the American public would distrust the Government after they found out about the data, but I didn’t think about what it would do to the employer and employee relationship. This issue isn’t really talked about when you think about the Edward Snowden case as a whole, but this is a unique take on the trust problem that has occurred and should be taken just as seriously.

 

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5 thoughts on “Protecting Companies

  1. BloggingWithJermz says:

    It almost sounds like the NSA all over again, but on a smaller scale: Obtaining information on it’s people and waiting until the time is right to accuse someone of being “suspicious” based off their previous history gathered, in order to paint an innocent life in context of a wrong-doer, don’t you think? No one would have privacy even at their workplace!

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    1. laurenwillins says:

      I agree with your assessment of the companies’ actions. Unfortunately, in this world of distrust that has become the normal approach to dealing with possible breaches of security. If the companies are not careful enough, then they could end up like the NSA.

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  2. bstpierre says:

    I think that the revelation of employees being able to easily steal things says a lot. It goes back to us having to make a change on the inside without crossing too many boundaries.

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  3. eden616blog says:

    I completely agree with your observations of the employee/employer relationship; I also did not take this into consideration at first. I believe that employers should have trust in their employees, but I also think it is crucial to monitor employees after the Edward Snowden case. If an employee is not doing anything wrong at work, then they will not have a problem being monitored. I do understand where it could seem unfair to the employee, but companies must do what they have to do in order to prevent confidential information being stolen.

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  4. aitanaarguedas says:

    I agree with you. I think that even though he had good intentions in mind (kind of this mindset to be a martyr, in a way) there were other relationships besides the one between citizens and state that he failed to take into account.

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