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Top 5 Cybersecurity Concerns for HR Professionals: How to Safeguard Your Organisation

12 February 2024

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Francis West CEO - Security Everywhere Ltd

System hacked warning alert on notebook (Laptop). Cyber attack on computer network, Virus, Spyware, Malware or Malicious software. Cyber security and cybercrime. Compromised information internet.

Francis West, CEOSecurity Everywhere Ltd., gives an insight into the risks companies face through their technology and how HR needs to take the initiative to respond and protect.

In today’s digital landscape, the role of HR professionals has evolved beyond traditional hiring and personnel management. HR now plays a critical role in safeguarding an organization’s digital assets and sensitive employee data. To effectively navigate this evolving landscape, HR directors and professionals must be aware of the top cybersecurity concerns they should address. In this educational piece, we’ll explore these concerns and provide guidance on how to deal with them.

  1. Data Privacy and Compliance:

Concern: Ensuring compliance with data protection regulations, such as GDPR or HIPAA, is a top priority. Mishandling employee data can result in legal and financial consequences.

Solution: HR professionals must understand the relevant data protection laws and establish strict data handling protocols. Regularly update privacy policies, obtain explicit consent for data processing, and ensure secure data storage and access controls. 

  1. Phishing and Social Engineering:

Concern: Phishing attacks and social engineering schemes can trick HR personnel into disclosing sensitive information or facilitating unauthorized access.

Solution: Conduct regular cybersecurity training for HR staff to recognize phishing attempts and social engineering tactics. Implement email filtering systems to detect and block phishing emails, and encourage employees to verify requests for sensitive information through secure channels.

  1. Insider Threats:

Concern: Insider threats can come from current or former employees with malicious intent or those who unintentionally compromise security.

Solution: Implement strict access controls and regularly review and revoke access for employees who no longer require it. Foster a culture of security awareness within the organization, emphasizing the importance of reporting suspicious activities.

  1. Ransomware and Data Loss:

Concern: Ransomware attacks can lead to data encryption and loss, disrupting HR processes and potentially exposing sensitive employee data.

Solution: Regularly back up HR data to secure, offsite locations, and test data recovery processes. Educate HR professionals about the dangers of opening suspicious attachments or links in emails to mitigate the risk of ransomware infections.

  1. Third-Party Vendors and Supply Chain Risks:

Concern: HR departments often rely on third-party vendors for various services, such as applicant tracking systems or benefits administration platforms. These vendors can introduce security risks.

Solution: Conduct thorough due diligence when selecting third-party vendors, evaluating their cybersecurity measures. Include security requirements in vendor contracts, and regularly review their compliance. Establish incident response plans in case of breaches involving third-party vendors.

Conclusion: Empowering HR for Cybersecurity Success

Addressing these top cybersecurity concerns requires a proactive and collaborative effort from HR professionals, IT departments, and the organization as a whole. By educating HR staff, implementing robust security measures, and fostering a culture of cybersecurity awareness, HR directors and professionals can play a pivotal role in safeguarding sensitive data and protecting the organization from cyber threats.

Remember, cybersecurity is an ongoing journey, and staying informed about emerging threats and evolving best practices is key to success. Continual education and adapting to the changing cybersecurity landscape will enable HR professionals to fulfill their responsibilities as guardians of digital assets and employee information.

By addressing these concerns head-on, HR professionals can contribute significantly to a safer and more resilient organization, ensuring that the workforce and the company’s reputation remain secure.

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