As you plan your virtual events, don’t forget to protect against cyber risks. Also: Leadership is more than being at the head of a team.

Meeting planners have flexed their agility during the COVID-19 pandemic, with last-minute digital pivots going from chaotic to almost rote in a matter of weeks. But cybersecurity is often a casualty of this agility, says Victoria Copans at the Event Manager Blog.

“As event planners, we are given extremely personal and valuable information on our attendees and stakeholders,” Copans says. “[I]t’s our responsibility to safeguard it and make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.”

Planners need to understand their data and security vulnerabilities instead of simply handing off responsibility to vendors. At the same time, sourcing suppliers wisely will help planners keep attendees, sponsors, and speakers safe. Questions about cybersecurity and data privacy protocols should be on planners’ list of queries when approaching potential suppliers.

To help prevent security breaches, Copans suggests using individual registration links (and using them appropriately), establishing a code of conduct, using a password manager, approaching integrations with your event platform carefully, deploying a VPN, and considering two-factor authentication.