Businesses should create a culture of "honesty and integrity" in order to safeguard best practice in data management and security, it has been claimed.
Richard Denny, business growth specialist and chairman of the Richard Denny Group, said that managers are ultimately responsible for developing loyalty and trust among their team.
His comments follow recent headlines about the phone hacking scandal at News of the World and the subsequent repercussions at News Corp.
As a result of the allegations, a group of shareholders have filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that it had "corporate governance failings".
"If the board of directors, the leadership of any business, sets very strong examples by honesty and integrity, ethics and the way that they look after their customers …if that culture is very strong, it automatically filters right the way down through the business," he said.
Mr Denny said that a culture of honesty can prevent insider crime and malpractice at a workplace, protecting the security of data management systems.
Posted by Paul Newton