Data security and cyber security are critical issues that organizations need to acknowledge, in parallel with evaluating the nature, and estimating the probability and potential impact of the related risks. Internal Audit should play an important role in increasing the awareness among employees, management and at the Board of Directors level of the existing cybersecurity risks, and in ensuring that organizations are protected.
The attached discussion was part of an interview done by the AuditChannel.tv in Orlando (Florida, U.S.A.) in the month of April 2014. Click here to see the video.
Banks and other businesses have long been outsourcing some of their IT operations in order to save time and money. One of the problems with outsourcing IT, though, is that it can make your business vulnerable. If you are a financial institution or other business that specializes in sensitive information, attacks like the Eurograbber can be devastating.
While outsourcing your IT can make sense, itís important to be savvy about your efforts, and take extra precautions to protect your customersí information. Itís all about managing risks.
In light of the interest in social media, and its uses in public interactions, it is important to address some of the issues associated with social media integration. This is the third and final post in our series on how the Canadian government can mitigate social media risks. You can read the first part and the second part on our Bivium blog.
There are a number of advantages governments can enjoy by deciding to use social media to engage members of the public. While there are many types of risks involved in social media, from legal to privacy issues, this last post in our recent series on government and social media focuses on providing mitigating actions that departments and agencies can take to reduce the risk posed by IT security vulnerabilities.
This is the second of three posts on the subject of social media integration by Canadaís federal government, and how to overcome the risks it entails.
Social media brings with it many opportunities for governments to engage with citizens, and provide valuable information. However, as with all good things, there are also risks. Government agencies must mitigate the risks presented by social media in any way they can.
This is the first of three posts on the subject of social media integration by the federal government, and how to overcome the risks it entails.
Recently, the Canadian federal government decided to allow departments to begin using social media as a tool to interact with citizens. The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat released guidelines for the use of Web 2.0 tools by government departments and officials to connect externally.
Overall, this is a positive development. There are a number of good uses for social media by the government. So many people use social media now, and a majority of Canadians have Internet access, and use social media. Social media is becoming an increasingly popular source of news and information, and Web 2.0 tools can be used alert citizens to various situations, and provide guidance and direction. Additionally, social media can be used to connect with constituents. Politicians and bureaucrats can use social media as a tool to reconnect with the base. It offers a chance for citizens to share what they want from government, and provides civil servants with insights on how to improve public service.