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Protecting Your Online Identities: The Case for Digital Security

One of the major themes of Brett Cumming’s conversation with his roundtable centered around the realization that we are all in the early stages of understanding what digital identity is. We are still working out how to define it and how to secure it once we do because there are currently no clear, universal answers. However, companies can still focus on training their employees about the steps they can take to protect their own digital identities so that not only are they safe but also the company remains safe as well. Therefore, companies should introduce training and awareness programs throughout the year for employees so that knowledge can build and extend itself outside of work. Since this topic is so new, participants noted that cybersecurity professionals have an opportunity to lead training efforts and content creation in partnership with Human Resources, so employees are better equipped even during the onboarding process. When it comes to securing digital identities, enterprises should expect to adopt a shared responsibility model since identity theft of any kind impacts so many business areas. For instance, there is so much elevated risk with having distributed workforces, decentralized workforces, field workers, and workers accessing SaaS that training is a growing necessity. Security professionals can also help technology designed to protect identities advance by reducing friction within the enterprise so that more people embrace security as a whole.