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Cyber Security for HR Professionals: Step Up to the Plate

Cyber Security for HR Professionals: Step Up to the Plate

by Adam
July 21, 2022

Every organisation faces the challenge of cyber security. HR leaders also need to understand how to secure employees’ data and the threats to their organisations. HR departments need to ensure their engagement in cyber security and continuous training for their employees. With this blog, we aim to educate about the importance of cybersecurity for HR leaders and their employees.

57% of the surveyed professionals say they have unfilled cybersecurity positions. Cybersecurity is a mandatory field to fill in modern organisations. HR leaders are usually not equipped enough with cyber knowledge. It is critical because HR leaders have access to sensitive data in the organisation and must understand the importance of data privacy and security.

Why is HR important for Cyber Security?

The vast majority of spear-phishing attacks, 92% of malware, are delivered by email. HR leaders conduct their communication mostly via emails. Thus, they become one of the primary targets for spearphishing scams. Educating HR teams will make a difference in organisational cyber security. HR leaders are much more responsible for their cyber security than it was imagined. Considering digitised methods of recruiting, managing remote employees, and collecting personal data apply extra responsibility to recruiters in the organisation. 

Connecting different departments on a matter of cyber security, in this case, IT and HR is the best method to ensure that cyber security practices are applied at the full scale of the organisation. Thus, it is vital to create cyber security guidelines that are followed by every employee. 

What are the guidelines for HR in Cyber Security?

Here are 5 steps in cyber security guidelines for HR leaders: 

HR leaders need to know the signs of phishing. At the beginning of the recruitment process and collecting personal data, they need to make sure they are communicating with actual potential candidates. 

  • HR leaders can apply cyber security practices during onboarding. During employee onboarding, HR leaders should start employee cyber security training the second the onboarding process starts. 
  • Cyber security awareness training should be smoothly integrated into the daily routine of new employees from their first day at work. 
  • Employees’ critical knowledge about cyber security should be constantly updated. Employees should be provided with tools to build their cyber security skills.
  • HR leaders must ensure that cybersecurity education is accessible and engaging to every employee in the organisation. The more important it becomes when HRs leaders manage remote or hybrid work employees. They are responsible for equipping people with cyber security tools and fostering continuous cyber learning.

Each year, many organisations face devastating cyber attacks that put their critical business data at risk. If you are an HR leader, you need to ensure that every employee in your organisation has access to cybersecurity education. 

Consider MONKPHISH. MonkPhish is an engaging cyber security tool. It can help you determine the level of successful employee integration in cyber security. 

Contact us to learn more.

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