10-Rules covers the most important areas of computer and information technologies that can get individuals and companies into serious trouble. These areas include:
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If an employee is installing unauthorized software copies on company computers or acquiring illegal software through the Internet, your company can be sued for copyright infringement, even if your company’s management was unaware of your employee’s actions. The penalty for using unauthorized software is up to $100,000 per infringed. If charged with a criminal violation, the fine is up to $250,000 per title infringed and up to five years imprisonment.
Preventing Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) is a key goal of many employers -- and for good reason. "Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are the most widespread occupational health hazard facing our nation today," says Charles N. Jeffries, former Asistant Secretary for Occupational Safety and Health at the U.S. Department of Labor. "The most severe injuries can put people out of work for months and even permanently disable them." (Consumer Healthday)
Cyberloafing, when people waste time at work online, is a reality in our companies. Sixty four percent of employees visit non-work related websites each day. (Forbes)
Many small and large companies lack a clear email usage policy. If they don't address this issue, they can find themselves in an ethical and legal quandary. (Chron)
In a broad review of data collection, the government has made six recommendations to protect people’s privacy, including a consumer bill of rights and national standards. (Bloomberg)
Companies, like the Business Software Alliance, are providing rewards (for example, BSA's top reward of $1-million) to employees who report illegal activities regarding computer usage. (CBS)
Cybercriminals recently abused legitimate Dropbox links in order to trick users into downloading various malware programs, which can lead to system infection and information theft. (TrendMicro)