Drones are increasingly being used to smuggle narcotics into jails. Overcrowding is another reason for so many becoming ever more violent, and the cuts in the number of prison officers are a further reason for the crisis. As with some other public services, it is now apparent that the years of public sector austerity, whether necessary or not, have left a legacy of low morale and crumbling infrastructure. Put simply, Britain enjoys locking too many people up for too long in too small a space and with too little training and supervision. Rehabilitation seems to be virtually nowhere on the prison agenda. And the food is as bad as ever.
Boards can take concrete steps to prioritize cybersecurity issues. One director suggested that directors start by “asking questions and determining whether appropriate processes are in place.” Boards can hold executive management accountable for evaluating current cybersecurity risks and maintaining response plans by making cybersecurity debriefings a regular agenda item at board meetings. They can advocate for investments in data security and infrastructure within their organizations, and encourage executive management to bring in external experts if needed (boards can bring in their own experts, too, either as consultants or as full board members). These types of investments should be viewed as vital to the organization’s risk management functions and long-term strategy, and need to be reviewed on a continual basis. As one director told us, “In light of the threats, this issue should be examined in a way that is broader than a risk considered by the audit committee.”
Concerns about drug, alcohol or nicotine addictions are valid as they can impact an employee's quality of work and the rates of a company's health insurance coverage. However, an employer might find themselves in legal trouble if they don't frame questions about these potential problems in a careful manner. They are allowed to ask if you have ever been disciplined for violating company policies about the use of alcohol and tobacco products. They can also ask directly if you use illegal drugs, but an employer can't inquire about your use of prescription medications.