Requiring periodic confirmation by employees of their safeguarding responsibilities will not only reinforce IT security policies, but potentially deter individuals from committing illegal acts and might identify problems before they become significant. Such confirmations should include statements that the individual understands the entity’s expectations, has complied with the conduct code, and is not aware of any conduct code violations other than those the individual lists in the response. Although individuals with low integrity and ethical values may not hesitate to sign a false confirmation, most people avoid written misrepresentations due to potential evidentiary utilization during an assertion veracity verification proceeding; whereas, honest individuals are more likely to return an information security confirmation and disclose noncompliant behavior. As a result, conformation response follow-up activities may reveal significant information assets protection issues.
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