Secure Board Communication

Many boards continue to communicate sensitive internal governance messages via unsecure channels for communication. Diligent Corporation released a report that found that 56 percent board members use personal emails to communicate with the board. Even senior executives and governance professionals are also involved in this. This is a huge risk that must be addressed.

It is crucial to convince board members of the importance of secure communications. This requires them to be educated about the reasons their current practices leave them vulnerable to data breaches and helping them understand the consequences of those breaches in terms of lost operational time, cost of defending against an attack from cyberspace, and the concern over compliance violations.

Cybercriminals are attracted by boards due to the fact that they have access to sensitive information that is valuable to them. The hackers often target prominent individuals like board directors and top executives due to their access to sensitive information that has value to them. This makes them a good target for ransomware attacks in which criminals threaten to release confidential information unless they are paid a payment.

To avoid this, the board could consider adopting a system for governance that replaces email and text messages with a securing record system that relies on encrypted data transmission, as well as a specifically-designed mobile application. This will eliminate the need to share confidential or sensitive information in unsecure documents or email accounts which are managed by the organization’s IT teams and provides an independent platform that allows boards to remain in charge during times of crisis.

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