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Secure Board Communication

Many boards still send sensitive internal governance communications via unsecure channels for communication. A recent report from Diligent Corporation found that 56 percent of directors use their personal email addresses for communication with the board. And even governance professionals and C-level executives also do this. This is a serious risk that needs to be addressed.

It’s important to get board members on board with the necessity of secure communications. This means educating them on how their current practices expose them to data breaches and assisting them comprehend how much it will cost in terms lost time, cyberattacks and compliance violations.

Cyber criminals are attracted to boards due to the fact that they have access to sensitive information that is valuable to them. Hackers typically target high-profile individuals such as board directors and C-level executives because they have access to sensitive information that has importance to them. This makes them a great victim of ransomware attacks, which are when criminals threaten to release confidential information unless they are paid a payment.

To avoid this, the board should look into adopting a platform for governance that replaces email and text messages with a secure record system that relies on encrypted data transmission as well as a specially-designed mobile application. This eliminates the necessity to share confidential or private information via unsecure email or document management systems managed by IT departments of the organization. It also offers an independent platform which will allow boards to continue to lead in times of crisis.

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