Nancy J. Beckley (email@example.com) is President of Nancy Beckley & Associates LLC, a rehab compliance consulting firm in Milwaukee, WI.
Come gather 'round, people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth savin'
And you better start swimmin'
or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'
Heading into the last several months of the year, the last of the leaves are falling, the sun is lower in the sky, witches and goblins appear as lawn decorations getting ready for Halloween, Christmas ornaments are on display, retail stores are closing physical locations as online stores take over, and it seems that Amazon has achieved super store status beyond the definition of super store.
Indeed, the times are changing. The poet Bob Dylan penned his thoughts in another era, but they still ring true today. With the ease of online shopping, two-hour deliveries for groceries, and instant money transfers with apps of all types (and security), we are all reminded that, even in this age where compliance professionals are more attuned to security infrastructure and security and technology challenges, it seems like we should know enough, but what we know is not yet enough.
As we head into the fourth quarter of the year (and what promises to be a not one, but many Black Fridays and Cyber Mondays), there are some challenges and opportunities to think about for both home and work environments:
Fingerprint and facial recognition technologies – for example, using an iPhone and Apple Pay at the office supply or drug store. Do you have a policy in place? (And yes, I am beginning to think that compliance professionals should write and implement cyber security policies and procedures for their homes!)
Video recordings of entranceways and front doors – some started via the ring of a doorbell, to record who dropped off the package and who stole the package. Or do you give Amazon the key? What is your policy on that?
Depositing money directly to an app – Are apps requesting that money be deposited to the app directly for ease of use? (That’s what my bagel store requested, during the same week they notified me of a security breach involving my account!) What is your policy on depositing money into the app?
Tempted by all the digital assistants? Some are purportedly ready for compliance “prime time,” but are they really? Will they tell all? What is your policy on digital assistants?
For the times they are a-changing.