Held on the second Tuesday of April, Identity Management Day is a day of awareness aimed to educate IT decision-makers, business leaders, and the general public about the importance of securing and managing digital identity.

The day emphasises the best practices that organisations need to follow in securing their digital identities while also helping their employees stay informed of new dangers and the means bad actors use to steal identities.

As the line between personal and digital profiles continues to blur, the necessity to protect your employees' digital identities has become essential.

Thus, without business leaders pushing for implementing security policies and moving towards more secure means for authentication, identity theft presents a severe threat for businesses.

Here’s what business leaders need to know about the importance of securing digital identities.

Importance of an encrypted connection

One good driver in implementing a secure network for your employees is that it will incite confidence in using work platforms.

Organisations can create secure connections that protect both their employees’ and stakeholder's data by:

● Maintaining an access log that verifies who logged into the network, the reason for access and the date will help make sure access is traced correctly.

● Limiting the number of replicated and unnecessary checkpoints users have to verify themselves. Instead, a secure encrypted channel enabled by data protection measures that give exclusive access to platforms can help organisations overcome possible data breaches.

The necessity of using two-factor authentication

The digital world is a web of digital dependencies, with logging into accounts with a username and password being rudimentary against cyber attacks.

Businesses can now integrate more advanced and reliable ways to protect their data.

One way is two-factor authentication which makes it harder for bad actors to infiltrate or impersonate users to access sensitive information.

This type of web security immediately neutralises any risk associated with compromised credentials making sure that the intruder has no further access.

Monitor online activity proactively

Often, your employees will browse through the internet, unaware of the dangers of simply searching, clicking and scrolling through various sites.

Without the proper training to back up their regular activities online, it can be easy for your workforce to simply overlook sites that are home to different scams and suspicious content.

Be at the forefront of updating employees about the many ways they can fall victim to malware and cyber-attacks. Leaders should also set up protection mechanisms that alert their team about threats and suspicious-looking data that can potentially put businesses at risk of a breach.

Lead your team in securing their digital identities

Along with integrating the best security tools, leaders are encouraged to go the extra mile in educating and training their employees about the consequences of their digital identities being compromised.

With today's business environment moving towards a more digital space, it is important that leaders engage with a platform that helps train and develop their team to spot threats or suspicious activities and take measures to protect themselves and the organisation immediately.

If you are looking to better equip your employees and increase their awareness about digital identity management, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team of experts who can best guide you.