Secure Board Communication

Many boards continue to send sensitive internal communications via insecure communication channels. Diligent Corporation released a report which found that 56 percent board members use their personal email addresses for communications with the board. Even governance professionals and senior executives are also involved in this. This is a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

It's crucial to convince board members of the importance of secure communication. This includes educating them on how their current practices expose them to data breach and helping them understand what it can cost in terms of lost time, cyberattacks, and compliance violations.

Boards must be aware that they are the most attractive targets for cybercriminals. The hackers often target prominent individuals such as board directors or C-level executives due to their access to sensitive information that has significance to them. This makes them a prime victim of ransomware attacks, where the criminals threaten to release sensitive information unless they receive payment.

To prevent this from happening, the board should look into adopting a governance platform that replaces text and email messages with a fortified record system that utilizes encrypted data transmission and a specially-built mobile application. This eliminates the need to share confidential or sensitive information with unsecure document systems or email accounts which are managed by the organization's IT teams and provides an independent platform that allows boards to remain in charge during times of crisis.

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