Why Focus Your HR Department on Security? Part II

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“There can be an ironic relationship between scrutiny and secrecy; the more scrutiny (which can feel like a lack of trust), the more secrets are kept. In other words, surveillance can become a self-fulfilling prophecy that produces the very behavior it wants to eliminate.” – John Sumser

 

Note: This is the second and final article in a two-part series about making security a part of the HR agenda.

 

The Future of Security Issues

 

The balance between surveillance and independent action will be constantly evolving in the foreseeable future. Smarter objects that monitor and report on their usage and users are already proliferating. The devices will continue to shrink, get more powerful and be embedded in every nook and cranny of our lives.

 

It’s inevitable that the mere presence of these various ways of monitoring will be perceived as intrusive oversight. There can be an ironic relationship between scrutiny and secrecy; the more scrutiny (which can feel like a lack of trust), the more secrets are kept. In other words, surveillance can become a self-fulfilling prophecy that produces the very behavior it wants to eliminate. Worse yet, well-intentioned endeavors to understand and increase productivity can

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