Korn Ferry Survey: Nearly Three Quarters of Executives Concerned or Very Concerned About Threats from Leaks and ‘Fake News’
-- Nearly Half Say Threat of Leaks and Fake News Has Increased in
Recent Years –
-- More than Half Are More Careful About What They Put in Work Emails –
Editor’s Note: Survey Responses at End of News Release
Nearly three quarters (70 percent) of executives say their C-suite leaders and boards are “concerned” or “very concerned” about the threats from leaks or fake news. As a result, almost four in ten (38 percent) said their companies are changing or have already changed their email policies, and 51 percent say they are more careful about what they put in their own work emails.
“This is a more disruptive world for organizations,” says
Nearly half (49 percent) of respondents say the threat of leaks or fake news has increased in recent years, and 19 percent say their organization has been impacted by fake news in the last year. The executives say false information about their company, including financials, is the biggest threat to their organization, followed by product misinformation and false information about leadership.
“Organizations may have dealt with ‘alternative facts’ before, just not at the speed with which that misinformation can now travel thanks to social media,” Marshall says. “Between the leaks and fake news, it’s not surprising that organizations are doing a major rethink on their communications strategies and operations.”
About the Survey
There were 781 executive responses to the
How serious does your C-Suite and Board view the threats from leaks and/or Fake news?
|Extremely concerned||33 percent|
|Somewhat concerned||37 percent|
|Not concerned||30 percent|
Over the past 12 months, has your organization experienced leaks of sensitive information that have compromised your company, products/services?
|Not sure||4 percent|
Has the threat to your organization increased during the past few years?
|Not sure||10 percent|
Is your company considering or has it changed its email policies because of concerns over leaks?
If no, do you think it should?
Have you become more careful about what you write or put in work emails since reports of Wikileaks’ disclosures?
During the past 12 months, has your organization been impacted by “fake news”?
What type of fake news is the biggest threat to your company?
|Product misinformation||29 percent|
|False information about the company/financials||49 percent|
|False information about leadership||22 percent|
Tracy Kurschner, 612-309-3957