HR Focus 2015 #5: Corporate Security Will Be a Topic of Conversation, as Will Privacy
With the recent corporate security breaches, the focus on security and privacy standards will rise to a new level. Customers, as well as current and future employees, will want to know what companies are doing to keep their personal information safe – in Canada and European countries more so than elsewhere, but privacy is by no means dead. HR has to proactively prepare for this conversation by explaining how personal information will be kept secure.
In 2015, we expect to see an increase in security and privacy policies including awareness training for employees so they understand the risks of their behavior. To minimize the impact of data theft or security breaches we also expect more enterprises demanding a dedicated cloud environment. Every organization needs to understand how its cloud provider will protect the data and what security standards and procedures are being applied. While on a conceptual level the cloud might be the most efficient and effective option, if it fails to meet the totality of needs of an organization, cloud vendors will want to offer a tailored service that fits these needs.
Think about salesforce.com offering a ‘Superpod’ service for enterprises, which is a dedicated Salesforce instance on dedicated infrastructure within a Salesforce data center. Just as customer data must be protected at all times, companies that can afford this service will demand their own dedicated infrastructure, rather than operate in a multitenant environment, aiming to add an additional security layer to protect employee data and keep them separate. Some enterprises are large enough to demand this kind of reassurance and are willing to pay for added protection.
We expect this trend to be most prominent in certain territories, as a result of legislation in combination with works councils requiring increased privacy and security measures before giving permission to move HR systems to the cloud. SAP recently announced a dedicated cloud environment, hosted in Germany, so clients can benefit from the strict German data security standards. In other parts of the world large enterprises will want to review this option just to eliminate the risk of data breaches and the inherent damaging public exposure.
For part 1 of this post please visit: HR Focus 2015 #1: What will 2015 bring for HR Technology?
For part 2 of this post please visit: HR Focus 2015 #2: Hybrid Leads the Charge
For part 3 of this post please visit: HR Focus 2015 #3: Integration is Back, with a Vengeance
For part 4 of this post please visit: HR Focus 2015 #4: Cloud Fuels BPO