What is the Role of Global Mobility Managers in Securing Data of Assignees?

Data is the currency of the future and those who can master the way data is managed are going to be the power-brokers. Still, there are apprehensions in terms of the way data can be managed or secured. Business2Community reports that 60 percent of companies go under after a major IT security breach — and as of 2017, the damages caused by hackers who seize confidential data have reached $1 trillion.

But there is no escaping Big Data, the incalculable digital dots of documents, images, sound clips, and other types of content entering the computers and servers of corporate America every single day. Fortunately, there are global mobility managers who have embraced this trend and have used various data tools for strategic decision-making, improving assignee quality hiring, and discovering the next hotbed of talent.

Global mobility managers must know how to protect data of assignees and inform their employers of these security measures they have put in place. It is not easy for other less technologically developed regions to fully embrace the use of data nowadays, the way they are easily shared for marketing and human resource purposes as many compete for the best talents. Still, this is a concern that many should start addressing now.

Big Law Business lays out two kinds of approach that global mobility managers might consider:

First, show employers that access goes two ways. True, there is a lot of information within the company that is confidential and cannot be disclosed publicly for ethical and business reasons. However, what can be divulged should be divulged — and the employer will be happy to find out that he does have access to data that can help him become a better professional and employer to assignees secured by a recruiter.

This would include market trends, best practices, new learning programs, industry research, and the overall performance of the company. The employer’s more open access to data about their assignees can be useful. Privacy of the individual and company must be respected and safeguarded of course, while certain parameters allow exchange of information that can be used responsibly for the benefit of all.

Second, the global mobility manager must show the employer that their confidential data is protected and safeguarded.

The latest security solutions, tech devices, and anti-hacker gadgets installed in the necessary hardware and software can make the employer rest a little. The tech geniuses in the hubs in Northern California have made this a priority. Another method that can help is to make the employer and others like them go through training programs. Securing data is still new in the era of cloud computing. Encryption software is definitely necessary. Authenticated encryption adds more layer of security as the additional metadata lets a user detect if a file has been modified.

Global mobility managers also need independent security researchers to validate their use of certain cloud storage services and data security software. Being part of the frontline that can help them stop hackers will make them play a vital role in safeguarding any data on assignees and make their job in recruiting much easier.

More data is openly shared now, but companies and global mobility managers need to know where they need to draw the line in terms of security and work productivity.