By | Ben Eubanks | Human Resources Professional, Speaker, and Blogger
According to new research, US-based organizations face an average cost of $3.86 million for a cybersecurity breach.
Do I have your attention?
Now for the piece that most of us don’t realize: these types of breaches are most often due to human error, not to some sophisticated spy techniques or sneakiness. That’s where cybersecurity crosses paths with HR. This not only has a safety and security element (both squarely in our wheelhouse as HR leaders), but also a training and engagement piece as well.
Erika and I talk about examples in the episode linked below (some of them quite scary), but how about a very fresh example of why this matters?
Just yesterday I got an email from one of my employees that said:
I just changed my bank. Can I change my direct deposit information before the next payday? This is an emergency.
I started to respond, but when I looked at the email address it came from, I saw that it was NOT from my employee! This was someone trying to scam the company into paying money into another account.
This kind of thing is going to get more prevalent, not less. All of us need to get smarter on how to handle this critical issue, especially as more companies are either going virtual or adding remote team members.
“I think as HR leaders, one of the biggest things that we have to do is never lose sight of the people.”
Erika Lance, SVP of People Operations at KnowBe4
We’re Only Human — Episode 110
In today’s episode, Ben talks with Erika Lance of KnowBe4 about the importance of cybersecurity and how HR can play an active role in supporting this critical business issue. At the end of the day, cybersecurity is primarily a people issue more than anything else, and Erika will share tips and strategies for how to make this a priority in your organization. She will also share tips on building better stakeholder relationships with IT and information security teams, which strengthens HR’s credibility with the business.