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Director FAQ: Personal Email vs. Board Portals for Board Communications

Director FAQ: Personal Email vs. Board Portals for Board Communications Cover
Series: Director FAQ
Publication Date: January 19, 2018
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In brief: Most public company boards, along with a majority of nonprofits and almost half of private companies, have now adopted board portals. However, many boards still send board materials and communications through personal email accounts, where messages are most often not encrypted and highly susceptible to hackers. This Director FAQ addresses the risks of sending board communications through personal email accounts, the benefits of board portals, and the risks for boards to consider when choosing whether or not to adopt board portals.

This resource can help your board

  • Learn about the risks of using private and non-secure board communication tools
  • Understand the benefits of using board portals
  • Determine key questions to ask when considering the use of board portals

Most relevant audiences: general counsel, corporate secretary, compliance committee members, chief information security officers