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Cybersecurity is too important to be left to the IT department

Claire Logan, head of people and talent at PA Consulting Group is quoted in an article in People Management which examines the vital role HR has to play in ensuring businesses are able to tackle cybersecurity threats. 

The article states that given the rise of recent high profile cyber-attacks, HR must be central to educating employees and addressing organisational vulnerabilities. To assume that such events are solved by better software and IT is short-sighted. Commenting on this, Claire says that: “HR has a critical role in cybersecurity. Too often, IT teams care passionately about it, but don’t know how to communicate that passion to other employees.”

The article goes on to note that organisations cannot be protected through technology alone and that culture is also important. It states that even the most complex training programmes won’t help protect an organisation if the wider company culture is not geared towards cyber threats.

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On this issue, Claire states that: “To really make a difference to cybersecurity, the HR team needs to think and act as though it’s a culture change activity.”

The article concludes that breaking down the siloes that keep IT and HR apart is a matter of urgency to ensure a WannaCry-scale attack isn’t repeated again. 

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