Building a Culture of Safety: The Role of HR in improving cyber security
The dawn of advanced technology and innovations have created a rise in cyber-attacks. Along with the technological advancements, hackers have also become more advanced, and their ability to access and misuse employee data has made unprecedented risks in today’s workspaces.
As the human resource department of every organization holds the largest volume of sensitive and confidential information about the organization and employees, it is essential to take measures to safeguard the sensitive information.
Let us see some of the ways to boost HR information security.
Employee data controls and access
Sensitive information can be protected in a number of ways. One of them is setting up various access controls for this data. Access controls are necessary for a sound data management plan to limit who can access and use the data stored on a company’s network.
Access restrictions can be set up and implemented with the aid of the HR department. Even before employees are hired or onboarded, HR can specify the data that an employee will need to use. Additionally, they must ensure that the employee loses access to this data after their contract expires.
Thus, people on your team must be given access to what they need within the HR platform and other organizational data.
Never share logins
Sharing licenses to reduce costs can be tempting, but it can put HR data at risk in the long run. Team members must not share logins, in addition to enabling permissions and de-provisioning accounts for departing employees.
Credentials and other personal logins must not be shared with anyone at any cost as it may lead to major security risks.
Increased awareness of cybersecurity basics
The HR teams need to be aware of the Dos and Don’ts of cybersecurity protocol. HR teams should have knowledge about cyber security essentials, user access, security measures, etc. Once HR is aware, spreading awareness among the organization’s employees is essential. Cybersecurity training can also be given to all the employees during the onboarding process.
Implementation of Automation
Controlling access to sensitive employee information is nearly impossible with an existing manual paper-based system for handling employee data. Therefore, automating the department’s activities could prove to be a crucial step in successfully implementing HR information security. Organizations require HRMS software to automate all procedures, and the program has built-in data security features to prevent unauthorized access to and use of sensitive employee data.
Keep software up to date.
Firewalls and security patches can turn out to be effective only when they are up to date. The system should continually be checked for security and updated as necessary; therefore, routine maintenance should be planned. In order to safeguard your business, it is essential always to be one step ahead of hackers who are constantly developing new ways to get around security measures.
It’s critical to realize that firms must prioritize putting security measures in place to combat the reality of growing cybersecurity threats. Every organization must be proactive to keep employees and other confidential data safe and secure.
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