HR's Role in Cybersecurity

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Approximately 60% of fired employees steal data from their employer.


HR maintains sensitive employee data, data that is appealing to hackers. Protecting this data must be part of the standard operating procedure of every HR professional as they collect and maintain employees' social security numbers, full names, addresses, and dates of birth. One HR professional accessing these records on the free wi-fi at the airport can lead to a catastrophic breach, one that costs the employer hundreds of thousands of dollars in notifications and lost employee trust.


Cybersecurity used to be viewed as an IT issue, but the best IT can't protect the organization acting alone. With an estimated 27%1 of cyberattacks resulting from employee errors, HR must be involved to minimize the risk and create a culture of cybersecurity as employees are the weakest link in an organization’s cybersecurity.

Distribution of the benchmark sample by root cause of data breach
  27% - Human Error
  25% - System Glitch
  48% - Malicious or Criminal Attack

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  • Learn of current threats and trends in cybersecurity
  • Security practices for traveling for work with a work computer includes:
    • Dangers of using open public wifi
    • Dangers of using external media
  • Social Engineering (What people are putting out on social media/linked in/blogs, and how that data can be used against you and Spear Phishing/Whale Phishing)
  • Gain tools to remove your cyber footprint


Alison Pierce, is a U.S. Army veteran and is currently employed at the Department of Defense. She specializes in cyber counterintelligence and is certified as a Cyber Crimes Investigator. In her over 4 years, as a Cyber Crimes Investigator, she has used investigative authority to detect, identify, exploit, and neutralize cyber threats to the United States Armed forces and its equities. Alison has been responsible for the seizure, examination, and reporting for over 30 Terabytes of data.

Tina Riley Tina M. Riley, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She is the Director of the School's Human Resource Executive Education program and holds a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. Dr. Riley is a results-based educator and executive coach with expertise helping individual leaders and organizations, achieve their full potential through high-impact communications that build trust and promote inclusion and engagement.

She adopts an engaging and holistic approach to teaching that facilitates learners' ability to move from theory to practice. Her teaching style makes complex concepts accessible to graduate students and seasoned professionals alike. Dr. Riley teaches academic and professional development classes on a variety of HR and leadership topics including communications, leadership development, managing change, diversity and inclusion, conducting workplace investigations, and HR's role in cybersecurity.

Program may be taught by one or more instructors.



Registration fee: $995

The registration fee includes:

  • Registration fees include continental breakfast and all course materials
  • Travel and hotel expenses are not included
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation

Program times:

Registration & continental breakfast: 8:00am - 8:30am
Program time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Networking lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
* All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (GMT-4).


  • Cancellation four weeks prior to program start: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start: 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start: no refund.
  • These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program. Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.

MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of cancelled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs (when programs are in-person) may be requested by contacting Program Coordinator, Kristi White at (517) 355-9592 or We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.


  • MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
  • Business casual attire.
  • Please, no audio or video recording.


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