5 Values and principles governing an ABC

5.7. Professionalism

It may seem redundant to discuss the need for professionalism, even if when are talking about a not-for-profit, membership-based organization. The need for professionalism is underscored by the very issue of securing and using every members/publishers’ sensitive data.

During the design of an audit system, as well as when the audits are carried out, the ABC (namely: ABC employees, auditors in person) will have access to a long series of sensitive business information and documents (contracts, accounting, etc.) which all belong to the publishers. This is sensitive information many competitors would be eager to get.

The publishers must be totally sure that there is no information leaked to the public, nor to competitors. It is the task of the ABC to guarantee the security of the data; therefore this very sensitive issue must be considered in the very early stages of creating an ABC. It is imperative to “isolate” the data in the hands of an ABC from the rest of the competing marketplace.

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