The secrecy of confidential information is an essential lifeline for many companies. Therefore, sending confidential information by e-mail must be done in a secure way.
According to the Constitution of Finland, for example, the secrecy of correspondence, telephony and other confidential communications is inviolable. In principle, this applies also to electronic communication such as e-mail messaging and forms used in electronic services. This confidentiality in messaging is a fundamental right and everyone should be able to depend on the fact that no outsider can access their message.
However, legislation requires active measures so that specific messages and information is kept secret. These regulations are related to, among other things, processing of personal data and protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets). In particular, trade secrets are vulnerable to lose their value if they are revealed.
To what can confidential information leakage lead to?
Confidential information leakage can lead to:
- Loss of income
- Legal liability
- Criminal liability
In addition, in regards to the personal information, different data protection authorities can impose penalties on a company if the personal data is not processed in a secure way. In the worst case, the loss of confidential information may result in losing the company’s reputation and also for the relationship with their partners to suffer.
Protection of electronic communication should start with what information is actually confidential.
Electronic communication has somewhat the same risks as traditional communication. For example, an e-mail without protection is as easy for others to read as a traditional post card. E-mail also has this special feature: in many cases it is difficult for the user to understand exactly where the message travels. Route also affects to which country’s legislation is applicable.
E-mail security is almost entirely dependent on the fact that a company has e-mail encryption software and that the entire personnel actually uses it.
What is confidential information?
Confidential information includes trade secrets, such as customer-related data, partner’s trade secrets and product development data as well as personal data and information related to family that are sensitive or that one does not otherwise want to make public.
How to ensure the security of confidential information in electronic communication throughout the organization?
When you want to make sure that your company operates appropriately in electronic communication and that sending e-mails is secure, turn to Deltagon. Our solutions ensure that you can send confidential information also by e-mail in a safe and secure way. Our solutions meet even the most demanding requirements in regards to information security and data protection. The use of our software is easy and the receiver of a secured message does not need to make any separate software installations or measures in order to read the message.
Make sure that e-mail messaging and other electronic communication is handled appropriately and securely in your company. Protect your electronic communication with our help! Investing in our encryption solutions is worthwhile and you’ll avoid the possible harm that may result in information leakage.