Many boards still communicate with their employees via insecure communication channels. A recent report from Diligent Corporation found that 56 percent of directors utilize their personal email accounts for communications with the board, and even governance professionals and C-level executives also do this. This is a major risk that needs to be addressed.

It is vital to convince board members of the importance of secure communications. This requires educating them about how their current methods make them vulnerable to data breaches and assisting them to understand the costs of such breaches in terms of lost operational time, cost of defending against a cyberattack, and concern over compliance violations.

Cyber criminals are attracted to boards due to the fact that they have access to sensitive information that is valuable to them. The hackers target high-profile individuals like board directors and executives because they have access to sensitive information that they consider valuable. They are therefore a prime target for ransomware, in which criminals threaten to release sensitive information until they are paid.

To avoid this from happening, it’s imperative that the board consider adopting an administration platform which replaces emails and text messaging with a more secure system of record that makes use of encrypted data delivery and a custom-built mobile application. This will make it less necessary to share privileged or insider information in unsecure documents or email accounts which are controlled by the IT teams of the organization and creates an independent platform that will enable boards to lead in times of crisis.

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