The Case for ERM

By Angel Mehta  |  Posted 2010-08-18 Print this article Print

The case for ERM

Before we implemented ERM, a candidate we were considering for an open position walked into my office for an interview and opened up a binder that clearly contained one of our internal training documents-a highly confidential one at that. The candidate said that he had received the file from an overseas business contact of ours.

This floored me because Sterling-Hoffman has always placed a premium on its data security practices and this was a major hole within our armor. I realized then that we couldn't share any information overseas or with our partners in good faith until we could protect data at the information level. We began working with ERM shortly thereafter.

ERM also helps address our third-party challenges by placing expiring access dates on sensitive information. This gives confidential information shared with partners, outsourcers and employees a shelf life and cannot be viewed by them-unless given permission from our IT staff outside of a set time frame. Former partners and employees simply cannot access or share data after their engagement with Sterling-Hoffman is over, which is a nice insurance policy.

Angel Mehta is Chief Executive Officer of Sterling-Hoffman Executive Search. Prior to Sterling-Hoffman, Angel worked in business development with CRM-software leader Siebel Canada where he established strategic alliances and managed partner relationships. Angel is also a leadership speaker who gives keynotes and motivational seminars at various business schools and conferences across North America. Angel is founder of the Enlightenment Project, an essay competition designed to foster self-awareness and leadership skills for children in Third World countries. Angel has a BachelorÔÇÖs degree from York University in Toronto. He can be reached at

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