Cyber security may not seem like an issue for HR professionals, and you may think your IT staff is solely responsible for protecting your sensitive data. But it’s really a broader management issue, and smart employers recognize the risk of having their systems hacked and see it as a training, re-training, and reminding issue to make sure employees help you protect that information.
Well-meaning employees can accidentally put your organization at risk when a hacker is crafty enough. An unsecured browsing session in a coffee shop, emails or texts with confidential information sent to the wrong recipient, or a conversation overheard in a public elevator or in an Uber can potentially provide hackers access to your secure systems. In fact, Frank Abagnale, Jr., a con-man turned security consultant (perhaps best known for his life story in the movie Catch Me If You Can), sometimes illustrates the risk of employees unwittingly compromising your data by planting a jump drive marked “Confidential” in a company parking lot. When a well-meaning employee picks up the jump drive and puts it into their work computer to see who it belongs to, an executable file immediately seizes the computer. The message is clear: a simple action like this can cost your company millions. The truth is that high-tech malware or shady hackers aren’t always the way your security is threatened. Actions like leaving sensitive documents by a printer or simply conversing in a crowded elevator can be just as dangerous as picking up that jump drive.
Your efforts to keep your data secure go well beyond reminding employees not to send money to Nigerian princes. Our increasing connection with clients, suppliers, and our employees makes us both more efficient and more vulnerable, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Capitalize on those benefits while making sure your employees have good training on keeping sensitive data secure. We’re always happy to support you in that and other training initiatives.