It may surprise you to learn that HR professionals are becoming increasingly more involved in the cybersecurity measures of their organizations. From crafting cybersecurity policies to training and enforcing procedures, a human resources professional can your organization practice cyber safety in an effective manner. Keep reading to learn a few cybersecurity tips from the team at Prescott HR.
Implement a Policy
As mentioned above, every organization should have a written document or policy regarding employee cybersecurity best practices. An HR professional can help craft this policy and enforce the procedures within it effectively. All new hires should undergo cybersecurity training as is relevant to your organization. HR professionals should be aware of company best practices and any changes to the organization’s cybersecurity efforts.
Protect Employee Data
HR plays a major role in keeping private employee data safe. While all company data should be treated as a sensitive matter, there are legal repercussions to not protecting an employee’s personal data at your office. An HR professional can help companies navigate who has access to employee data, and how that data is offloaded in the event of an employee termination or new hire.
Different roles within an organization should have access to different data, but not every member of your team should have full access to company data. Your HR department can help you evaluate which team members have access to certain data and put safety measures in place to ensure that every department’s data is protected. Human resources professionals can also work with your IT department to establish and enforce access controls by department or employee job title.
Other Cybersecurity Best Practices
In addition to the active roles listed above that HR professionals can take to implement cybersecurity policies within an organization, there are several cybersecurity best practices that your organization should always follow. Here is our top list:
- Use a VPN: Never allow your employees to access their work devices on a public WiFi network. Instead, have your organization set up a VPN, or Virtual Private Network, when working outside of the office.
- Train for Scams: Make sure your team is regularly educated on potential phishing scams that can present through unknown emails or fake websites.
- Change Passwords Regularly: Your entire team should practice changing their device passwords regularly to avoid potential hackers from learning their login info.
- Use Company-Approved Devices Only: Never allow your team to log into their work programs through unauthorized or personal devices.
- Try Multifactor Authentication: Your organization can set up multifactor authentication to provide an extra layer of security from potential cybersecurity threats.
Work with Prescott HR
Does your organization need help with establishing cybersecurity policies? We are here to help! Prescott HR offers a wide range of services that can help your organization evaluate your current policies and incorporate new ones, as needed. Our unintimated HR practices allow us to be focused and effective, providing your business with precisely what you need. Give us a call today at 443-351-8818 or contact us online.