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

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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.