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New Year, new news stories. Here’s the latest from the world of HR that the P3 People Management team has been discussing this week.
Sadly cybercrime is on the rise and 2017 is predicted to be the biggest year for cybersecurity yet. Now, a new strain of ransomware, GoldenEye, is targeting HR departments. GoldenEye began life in Germany in the form of a fake job application, exploiting the fact that HR departments are used to receiving job enquiries from unknown sources.
The virus appears as a seemingly normal application with two attached files; the first is a normal CV which lulls the recipient into a false sense of security, and the second contains the ransomware virus. Once clicked, the virus encrypts the user’s files, forces a reboot and begins encrypting the hard disk. The virus then presents the user with a ransom note demanding payment in return for the data.
Ransomware viruses are incredibly difficult to deal with as they cannot be removed unless users cooperate with the attackers. While a number of businesses do end up paying the ransom, there’s no guarantee that the cybercriminals will actually stay true to their side of the bargain and decrypt the files and hard disk.
It is likely that similar scams will pop up, and HR departments should prepare themselves for any attacks they might encounter. Putting in place a robust cyber security system is the best defence against cybercriminals, but HR departments should always remember to think twice before clicking on suspicious-looking files from unknown sources.
According to Kit Out My Office, every business’ New Year’s resolution should be to make the workplace a jargon-free zone. While such phrases are often used to make a task seem bigger or better, Principal Lecturer in Leadership and Organisational Development at Leeds Beckett University, Dr Julia Claxton, argues that such jargon lowers team morale as it creates “hurt feelings, unclear goals and ambiguous strategies.”
So, here’s the phrases you should be avoiding in 2017:
The government’s newly appointed labour market enforcement director and founder of the Low Pay Commission, Sir David Metcalf, has promised tougher penalties for employers that don’t pay their employees the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The NMW is set to increase in April, and the government is keen to ensure that businesses who break the law by not paying this are penalised. We’d like to hear your thoughts – do you think that penalties for not paying the NMW are correctly enforced or strict enough? Let us know by tweeting us @P3PeopleMgmt or by leaving us a comment on Facebook.
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