These days, much of the work of recruiters is done in the digital arena: emails, social media, online recruiting sites, etc. This is as it should be and well in keeping with the entire world’s move towards digital. However, with digital advances come a variety of risks too. Hackers are always on the lookout for ways to access people’s information. They continue to devise ever more sophisticated ways to do so.
3 Major Cybersecurity Concerns in the Recruitment Sector
Since HR databases contain all kinds of sensitive information, from addresses and ID numbers to banking details, you’d better believe that they are a target for hackers. What follows in this blog are just a few of the security risks that recruiters and HR departments should be aware of.
1. Spear Phishing
Hackers can often get access to basic corporate information and use it to create fake recruiting mails, which are then sent to candidates or would-be candidates. The candidates, thinking that the communication is genuine, click on the links in the mail, and share private information, which the hackers can then use for nefarious purposes.
Malware is a broad term that applies to all kinds of maliciously designed software that can attack systems with the aim of accessing confidential information. Recruiters and candidates need to be on their guard against malware all the time – good, up-to-date antiviruses are essential.
3. Human Error
One wrong click can cause a world of problems in the HR world. Ever written an email and accidentally clicked on the wrong address in the auto-complete field? What might happen if that mail goes to the wrong person? What about saving important documents in the wrong file on the network – making them accessible to the wrong people? Recruiters and HR workers need to be especially careful with their contacts and access settings, as well as where they save their precious information.
To protect the growing database of information that recruiters and HR departments tend to collect, cybersecurity measures are an indispensable part of any digital infrastructure. Anti-malware measures, firewalls, etc, protect this valuable data from those hackers out there who would love to put it to use for their own ends. Recruiters deal in information – and the information in question is often of a personal nature. Investments in the best possible cybersecurity measures are thus a necessary measure for the protection of the data that makes up recruiting agency’s and HR departments’ lifeblood.