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Cybercrime is on the increase, as is the use of ransomware to hold deny companies access to their own information — until they fork over a ransom payment. Surprisingly enough, however, experts have identified human resources personnel as a potential source of defensive tactics to keep company data from being held hostage.

According to the Society for Human Research Management (SHRM), HR professionals can not only be vulnerable to security breaches, but they can form a line of defense to keep sensitive information out of the hands of cybercriminals. That’s increasingly important, since the number of attacks, including ransomware fraud, is on the rise and likely to continue.

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