Q&A: How can businesses deal with cyber stalking?

This is a really important area as businesses should try and help.

If I was a good business leader, I'd talk with my staff about what's allowed with technology in and around the office. You need to remember online things need to be taken differently.

People who are being cyber harassed don't know what to do about it. Should they go to police? Our research showed over half of those affected didn't go to the police.

So businesses should have processes in place, firstly because if someone is being harassed in the workplace the business can be legally liable for it.

Companies should try and create mechanisms so workers can report cyber stalking.

With things like Facebook, people don't feel like they have enough support that's what I've heard from victims.

Should companies look to block certain websites where cyber stalking is prevalent and watch over employee behaviour more?

Well you have some rights as an employer. With things like looking over emails though, you have got to be careful about privacy.

Banning Facebook, for example, would be pointless as people would find a way around it.

Businesses should have fully developed use policies and should then adhere to them. They don't want to be caught out not adhering to them if something goes wrong.

They need to make sure the use policy is not just some document people don't read.

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

He is a proud alum of the University of Sheffield where he secured an undergraduate degree in English Literature before undertaking a certification from General Assembly in web development.