There is no greater concern for companies today than data security, privacy, and compliance which has always been, and will remain to be, a critical factor for HR, but it is increasingly challenging to get it right given the changing pace of business. With the majority of the employees still working from home, many are now reliant on their own WiFi networks and potentially non-hardened personal devices to carry out their day-to-day workload.
It has been reported in an article by The Straits Times that about six in 10 organisations here said they experienced at least a 25 per cent increase in cyber data security threats since the pandemic started.
As opposed to the office environment, where IT managers can trace and assess the security of all networks, home network connectivity could have weaker protocols limiting efficacy of anti-virus/malware software. Non-hardened laptop or other endpoint devices can also pose a significant risk to enterprise network security; it has been reported that there has been a sharp increase in cyber attacks globally.
How does this all concern the HR team? While it is commonly misunderstood that data can only be leaked through online cyber-attacks, there are many other ways for data leakage most of which center around the employees:
Since working from home is mostly mandatory, here are some recommendations that HR teams can bring up to their management to help reduce the vulnerability of their business infrastructure.
Having a secure and reliable HRMS solution partner is the first step to creating a secure data environment for workforce management. iqDynamics has been awarded with the ISO 27001 Certification from GIC Group which represents our commitment to protection and proper handling of your business data. If you would like to engage with a HRMS vendor that takes your business’ security seriously, come speak with us today about your requirements.