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Mobile Communications Policies are Still a Huge Need


Ripped from the headlines:

Lawsuit demands EPA say if employees using encrypted messages to evade open-records laws

Spicer cracks down on White House leaks

It’s dominating the news; people using text and messaging apps to talk business.  It’s more critical than ever to get a mobile use policy in place and make it clear to employees what they can and cannot use to discuss official business for the sake of organizational compliance and transparency.

Just recently:

Reports surfaced that Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, asked to review his staff’s government-issued and personal cell phones in one meeting in an effort to corral leaks.

A Washington Times article detailed how agencies struggle to govern emerging forms of electronic communication.  Lauren Harper, the communications director at the National Security Archive, said she is unsure how many agencies actually adhere to the record keeping guidelines for electronic messages.

“If you consider that three agencies said they wouldn’t even meet NARA guidelines on preserving email by the end of last year, then my hunch is many are struggling with preserving these other kinds of electronic records,” Ms. Harper said.

Smarsh can help.  We’ve hammered out an important action plan for setting up proper text message archiving, filled with information on the types of device deployment your organization can employ.



Smarsh delivers cloud-based archiving, search and analytics solutions for the information-driven enterprise. Its platform enables organizations to archive, search, supervise and produce the entire range of digital communications from one central location, including email, public and enterprise social media, Web, instant messaging and mobile messaging.

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