Secure Board Communication

Many boards continue to communicate sensitive internal messages via unsecure channels for communication. Diligent Corporation released a report which found that 56 percent board members use their personal email accounts for board communications. Even the top executives and governance professionals also do this. This is a major danger that must be addressed.

It is vital to convince board members with the necessity of secure communications. This means educating them about why their current methods make them vulnerable to data breaches and assisting them understand what it will cost in terms of lost time, cyberattacks and compliance violations.

Cybercriminals are attracted to boards because they have access to sensitive information that is important 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 prime target for ransomware attacks, where the criminals threaten to release confidential information unless they get a payment.

To avoid this from happening, it’s essential that the board consider adopting a governance platform that replaces emails and text messaging with a fortified system of record, which uses encrypted data delivery and a specially-designed mobile application. This eliminates the need to share confidential or sensitive information through unsecure email or document management systems managed by organization’s IT teams. It also provides an independent platform which will allow boards to remain in charge during times of crisis.

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