Data Security Tips for Human Resources Professionals
The task of securing company networks and systems is no longer delegated solely to an organization’s IT department. Human resources plays an equally important role in protecting company data. The authors of this article explain how human resources personnel can serve as a robust line of defense against the unwanted intrusion into company networks and the theft of company data.
WannaCry and Petya are recent examples of ransomware attacks that shut down the networks and operations of companies across the world, causing millions of dollars in damages. The number of data breaches is skyrocketing, crippling all types of businesses—large and small, across all industries, and without regard to geographic boundaries. These attacks occur without warning, and in seconds can effectively hold all financial and business operations of a targeted entity hostage. In response, organizations are focusing on methods and practices to safeguard company data. The task of securing company networks and systems is no longer delegated solely to an organization’s information technology (‘‘IT’’) department. Human resources (‘‘HR’’) plays an equally—if not more—pivotal role in protecting sensitive company data. Utilized properly, human resources personnel can serve as a robust line of defense against the unwanted intrusion into company networks and the theft of company data.
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“Data Security Tips for Human Resources Professionals,” by David J. Oberly and Brooke T. Iley was published in the July–August 2019 edition of Pratt’s Privacy & Cybersecurity Law Report (Vol. 5, No. 6), an A.S. Pratt Publication, LexisNexis. Reprinted with permission.