HR and Cyberattacks
In April, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discovered that a cyberattack resulted in the compromise of personal data for over 4 million current and former employees. In June, it was discovered that over 21 million current, former and prospective federal employees’ and contractors’ records had also been breached. In both cases, hackers were able to infiltrate records and exfiltrate identifying information, including social security numbers, residency and educational information, employment history, immediate family and business acquaintances, health, criminal and financial history, fingerprint records and login credentials.
Several colleges and universities have also recently fallen victim to cyberattacks — on personnel records, research findings and intellectual property. Costs associated with a data breach can escalate quickly to include forensic tracking, notification, legal guidance and in some cases, public relations efforts after the fact. Consulting with IT partners will help HR practitioners understand the risks and vulnerabilities of their data and the safeguards currently in place or imminently necessary to impede a cyberattack. Before a cyberattack occurs, HR practitioners and other key stakeholders should collaborate and work toward greater levels of preparation, training, response capabilities and protocols
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