Secure Board Communication

Many boards still communicate sensitive internal messages via unsecure channels for communication. Diligent Corporation released a report which found that 56 percent board members use personal email addresses for communications with the board. Even the top executives and governance professionals are also involved in this. This is a serious risk that must be addressed.

It is crucial to convince board members of the importance of secure communications. This includes educating them on how their current practices expose them to data breaches and helping them understand the amount it costs in terms of lost time, cyberattacks and compliance violations.

Cybercriminals are attracted by boards because they have access to sensitive information that is valuable to them. Cybercriminals target prominent people such as executives and directors of boards since they have access to sensitive information important to them. They are therefore prime targets for ransomware attacks, where criminals threaten to release sensitive data unless they get paid.

To prevent this from happening, the board should think about adopting a platform for governance that replaces email and text messages with a securing record system that makes use of encrypted data transmission, as well as a specifically-designed mobile application. This eliminates the necessity to share confidential or private information via unsecure email or document systems controlled by the IT teams of the company. It also provides a platform that is independent which will allow boards to continue leading during times of crises.

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