Frequently Asked Questions

Are my employees using computers inappropriately?

Of all workplace distractions, the Internet is the greatest productivity drain. 64% of employees visit non-work related websites each day (Forbes), and a new survey—conducted by the American Management Association (AMA)—found that more than 25% of employers have fired workers for misusing e-mail on the job (ComputerWorld). 10-Rules (#1 and #7) address these potential problems and will help to educate your employees on the proper use of company computers.

Can my company really get into trouble?

Software piracy can cost your company up to $150,000 in civil fines per infringement and up to $250,000 in criminal fines per infringement. IP infractions can cost your company upto $100,000 per incident in fines and penalties. And, we have not even mentioned bad press. Half of all businesses in America have experienced more than 25 successful social engineering attacks in the past two years, with some having to spend up to $100,000 per incident in cleanup costs (Information Week). 10-Rules #3 and #4 address these potential problems and will help to educate your employees on avoiding them.

Am I protected, if I did not know or encourage these activities?

Tough Luck!
Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for "ignorance of the law does not excuse" or "ignorance of the law excuses no one") is a legal principle holding that a person who is unaware of a law may not escape liability for violating that law merely because he or she was unaware of its content. 10 Rules, however, demonstrates to courts that you have taken proactive steps to protect your company from inappropriate computer-related actions taken by your employees.

How can 10-Rules help our company?

In several importan ways...
10-Rules significantly reduces your company’s risks and liabilities associated with common, everyday misuse of computing & information technologies. Should any employee behave contrary to 10-Rules, having 10-Rules in place as a live training program that is part of your organizational guidelines can offer you a safer harbor in the storm. In keeping with the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, companies that have developed an effective program for preventing offenses and have begun implementing the program prior to the offence are eligible to have fines and punishments reduced by over 95%.

Will off-site training and testing help?

Since all training and testing are done outside of your company, we are able to help in several ways:

  1. your employees can access 10-Rules at anytime and from any place,
  2. we are third party validators and will provide Certification to your company upon successful completion of the courese, and
  3. we will privide your legal team with necessary documents concerning any employee who has taken the program, as needed.

How will 10 Rules impact my HR and IT Departments?

Only positively!
10-Rules is an online program that relieves your IT Department from installing, maintaining, and updating the program on your computers. Moreover, tracking and testing are done online, so your HR Department is relieved of these responsibilities.

Will 10-Rules training take time away from my employees?

As noted previously, 10-Rules is entirely asychronous; meaning that employees can take the program from anyplace and at anytime. Also, the 30 minute program does not have to be taken all at once; but rather it can be taken in parts whenever your employees are ready.

Does my company get Certified, after completing 10-Rules?

After successful completion of the training program, your company will be awarded I.C.E. Certification (Information and Computer Ethics Certification). By demonstrating your company's commitment to computer and information ethics, you separate yourself from your competitors. With the ICE certification, you build greater trust with your existing clients and attract new clients. ICE Certification affirms your company's steadfastness to ethics, safeguarding your clients’ personal information, and your employees’ well being. I.C.E. Certification will:

  1. build greater trust with your existing clients ,
  2. attract new clients, and
  3. afford everyone in your company greater peace-of-mind.
Are customers really interested in I.C.E. Certification?

Just ask executives at: Target, Home Depot, Michaels, Neiman-Marcus or White Lodging (which manages hotel franchises for chains such as Marriott, Hilton, and Starwood). In the case of Target, the credit card data breach effecting 110 million Target customers — hasn’t yet reached its final chapter. As customers seek to regain confidence in one of the nation’s largest retailers, Target's profits fell nearly 50% in its fourth fiscal quarter of 2013 (Forbes).

Information and Computer Ethics (I.C.E.) Certification shows your currrent and prospective customers that you have taken the extra step in protecting their personal data. In a world where everyone has become increasingly aware of the value of information and the problems that breaches in data security can cause, send the clear message that you and your company are taking the right steps in protecting data!

How much does it cost?

Inexpensive or FREE
Depending upon the size of your company, 10-Rules can cost as little as a cup of coffee per employee.

And, if this is not inexpensive enough, take advantage of a special promotion: help our high schools students and get 10-Rules for your company for free! Contact us for details.