Cybersecurity Consciousness for Human Capital Management

The more the access points are there for a device, the more is the vulnerability potential. It’s shocking how 71% of cyberattacks around the world are targeted on small and mid-sized companies because of the low allocation of the budgets for cyber protection.

Human capital management is heavily dependent on software, tools, and platforms to access documents, give feedback, recruit candidates, and other such activities. To say the least, the entire spectrum of a chief human resources officer responsibilities like compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, employee engagement, talent retention, performance analysis, feedback, succession planning, and employee experience- fall within the ambit of cybersecurity consciousness.

To lapse on the cybersecurity measures can be jeopardizing for business owners, establishments, and organizations. 2020 brings in the connection of 20 billion connected devices which covers industrial machinery and smartphones. The deficiencies in the security measures can be very detrimental and devastating to the reputation of any chief human resources officer and human capital management on a large scale.

What can chief human resources officer do, probably, for flawless cybersecurity? Here is some sound advice:

A cybersecurity technology audit is indispensable. The audits must involve checks regarding malware protection and spam filters. Every process review must be conducted every six months and bringing in security consultants once a year for suggestions and filling in lacunae can help the fortification of systems and their optimization. After you’re sure of vulnerabilities being removed from access points across the organizational ecosystem, do give a call to any legal hacker. Ask him/her to find loopholes with the help of internal as well as external penetration testing and try hacking into your systems. This can be a good litmus test to know if your systems are foolproof.

As for the employees working in your organizational capacity, go for a training on cybersecurity consciousness which must make a wide coverage of topics like email security and usage, data integrity, suspicious or spurious content, malicious links, and other such topics. A communique serving a reminder of protocols to be followed for efficient cybersecurity can keep the memory of employees refreshed.

Have good data and system administrators at the workplace for continuous update and overhaul of operating systems and software- be it servers, computers, security cameras, IoT devices, and audio-visual devices. Trusting any employee with too much information will not be good in the long run. Different roles must be segregated and assigned to different people.

Paying attention to threat notifications that are alerted by systems is beneficial too. Against physical attacks, proper visitor access is very critical. The network area and server rooms must be protected in every scenario apart from the addition of first-party as well as the third-party insurance in the coverage of business practice. A zero-tolerance for personal devices or policy of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) must be abolished inside the organization or applied under serious consideration. All these steps will ensure all your systems and computers are safely secured in the workplace.

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