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Where are Ethical Walls used?

You can use Communication Policies for various purposes. Using Ethical Walls helps you fulfill requirements of:

  • Legal compliance
  • Avoiding conflict of interests
  • Data leakage protection
  • Workplace policies and procedures
Various industries use Ethical walls for multiple business scenarios.
Industry/ScenarioUse cases
Investment Banking
  • Separating advisory and brokering departments
  • Protect the firm from insider trading liabilities
  • Title V of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act strengthens Ethical Wall requirements
Corporate Finance/Financial Services/Accountancies
  • Separating client teams of competitors
Law firms
  • Separating legal teams of potentially adverse parties
Journalism
  • Separate Editorial and Advertising arms
IT/Security
  • Avoiding copyright infringements / clean room designs
  • Avoiding information leakage
Enterprise Procurement
  • Separate internal teams from vendors
Union Regulations
  • Presence blocking requirements

and more…

Here we are listing a couple of usage examples.

Blocking Presence of the C-Level Team

In case your management team would like to block their presence, you can create two policies:

  • a higher priority (lower sequence number) policy that explicitly allows presence withing the C-Level team
  • a lower priority (higher sequence number) policy that blocks their presence to the rest of the world
In this case, you can define the C-Level team either by naming the individual users (as below) or by creating a Group and referring to that Group.

See how this is presented in the Communication Policy list:

Ethical Wall to avoid conflict of interest

In case you have two teams inside the company that should not communicate with each other, you can create block policies.

In the example below two policies are created, but you might also create this with a single policy.

See how this is presented in the Communication Policy list:

Blocking video conferencing to avoid bandwidth problems

If you would like to stop your users from video conferencing (thus using a lot of bandwidth) during peak hour in your network, you can create a policy, which blocks video conversations. Such blocking might be useful in case of e.g. extreme weather when a majority of your users stay at home and might overload your VPN solution.

See how this is presented in the Communication Policy list:

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