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Secure Board Communication

Many boards still communicate with their employees via unsecure communication channels. A recent study by Diligent Corporation found that 56 percent of directors utilize their personal email accounts for board communications, and that even governance professionals and C-level executives also do this. This is a huge risk that must be addressed.

It is essential to convince board members of the importance of secure communications. This means educating them on the reasons why their current practices expose them to data breach and helping them understand the amount it will cost in terms of lost time, cyberattacks and compliance violations.

Cybercriminals are attracted by boards due to the fact that they have access to sensitive information that is important to them. Cybercriminals often target high-profile people like board directors and top executives because they have access to sensitive information that is of significance to them. They are therefore a prime target for ransomware, which is a type of malware that allows criminals to threaten to release sensitive data unless they receive a payment.

To avoid this from happening, it’s imperative that the board think about adopting an organizational platform for governance that replaces email and text messages with a secured system of record that uses encrypted data delivery and a specially-designed mobile application. This eliminates the need to share privileged or insider information in unsecure email accounts or document systems which are managed by the IT teams of the organization and creates an independent platform that will enable boards to lead even in times of crisis.

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