In Focus: Paris Attacks and Cybersecurity

If governments can’t stop terrorists, what can HR do to keep companies secure?

By Aliah D. Wright Nov 18, 2015
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What the Paris Attacks Mean for the Future of Cybersecurity

Could the terror attacks in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad last week have been prevented with better intelligence? The answer is unknown but it is likely governments now will want access to even more data, citing national security concerns.

As Fortune repots, “the horrendous Paris attacks raise a number of national security issues, including one involving cybersecurity, and the debate over whether governments should have easy ways to break through technology that safeguards the privacy of our communications and transactions—all in the name of national security.”

One of the biggest unknowns is how the attackers were able to carry off the Paris attacks, which left nearly 130 people dead and hundreds more injured, while evading detection from government agencies. Experts believe they did so by using over-the-counter encrypted messaging apps, something SHRM Online warned employers about earlier this year.

(Fortune Magazine) and (The New York Times) and (SHRM Online)

In a new study, released Nov. 17, 2015 by MarketsandMarkets, the e-mail encryption market is expected to reach 4.21 billion by 2020. Most of that has been brought about by the increase of people using smartphones—especially for work. The Bring Your Own Device trend presented particular challenges for employers. The prevailing thought is that the terrorists used powerful encryption methods when communicating or they used the “dark web,” or no electronic communications at all, to carry out the attacks.

(SHRM Online)

If Governments Can’t Stop Terrorists, What Can HR Do?

We live in uncertain times, certainly. Hackers have even found ways to infect resumes with worms. But experts say there are steps HR professionals can take to keep their corporations and employees safe from the threat of cyber warfare. One is simple: Make sure employees are aware that they are the first line of defense when it comes to data breach. Another is to put workplace policies in place that give employers guidelines on the proper ways to keep their data and work data secure.

(SHRM Online)

Remember Ashley Madison?

Nowhere was that need more telling than during the Ashley Madison data breach over the summer. In one of the most surprising data breaches this year, millions of people had their personal lives exposed after it was discovered they used their work e-mail addresses to register on Ashley Madison, the dating site for married cheaters. A definite no-no, experts said.

(SHRM Online)

Joint Training Helps

HR is the “natural choice to train other segments of the workforce” and should “team up with IT to provide joint training,” Philip L. Gordon, a shareholder in the Denver office of Littler and co-chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection Practice Group told SHRM Online. It’s up to organizations to make certain their employees are following company policies when it comes to data security.

(SHRM Online)

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