Boost Your Security: Get IT and HR to Collaborate (CSO Online)


Ask what department is responsible for data security in an organization and the most likely answer is, “IT.” But some experts are saying it shouldn’t be IT alone – that better security requires a closer collaboration with Human Resources (HR).

One example, they say, is a breach this past Feb. 26 at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), when a departing employee inadvertently downloaded 44,000 customer records, including personally identifiable information (PII), to a USB thumb drive.

Fortunately, officials said, there was no apparent harm done. The breach happened on a Friday, the agency’s data-loss-protection software detected it the following Monday, the FDIC contacted the ex-employee immediately and she returned it the following day.