Although difficult to imagine, your best worker may hold the key to your company’s worst security nightmare. Technologically armed employees who routinely use BlackBerry devices, personal digital assistants, laptops and tiny flash drives to transport critical information to and from the office can wreak havoc on a corporation — with no intention to do so.

A frequently overlooked and, therefore, extremely dangerous employee is the one who has access to critical information and then innocently misplaces, misuses or disposes of a gadget with that data on it. In this era of increased use of technological devices by employees, savvy employers should take immediate steps to safeguard their organizations by preparing employees to use these tools, protecting their information and implementing thoughtful policies around the use of portable information devices. Employees entrusted with access to confidential information are often insufficiently prepared to manage the technologies they use properly.

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