Building A Culture of Security In Business
One of the biggest risks to business network security is the everyday behavior of the people that interact with it. The growing acceptance of this reality has made cybersecurity awareness — a core component of any network protection strategy.
As you take steps to build a more cohesive culture of security at your organization, it helps to keep the following questions and recommendations in mind.
Are your employees getting the message?
While it may seem obvious to IT staff that all employees share responsibility for security, senior leadership at your company may not be sharing your message. Win advocates among leaders and staff will follow. This involves helping leadership evangelize good habits by making the security message easy to spread.
Start by being clear and consistent with your message. Develop security protocols specific to the needs of your organization and the people that need to follow them and stick with them to be clear and consistent with everyone. These should address:
- Emails with suspicious attachments from what look like trusted sources.
- Urgent messages requesting sensitive information.
- Bringing devices into the office and logging into the network.
- Using passwords and two-step authentication.
- Limiting access to information. The fewer people who have sensitive information, the more secure you will be.
- Knowing to whom you report any suspicious activity.
What do your employees know about good cyber hygiene?
Tell your employees what behaviors are putting the company at risk, and ask them about their own practices. Are they bringing their own devices onto the company network? Are those devices secure even when being used in a coffee shop with open wi-fi? Are staff discussing company vulnerabilities in public? Are employees thinking before they open an email attachment?
Do your employees understand the threats?
Let your employees know the threats they are up against. Hackers can be after company assets and money; they can compromise client information; they can be seeking out social security numbers of staff. It’s in everyone’s best interest to practice cybersecurity.
Cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility.
Finally, once you have armed your staff with the facts about security, it’s time to trust them to be your eyes and ears in the field. Allow staffers to take responsibility for their and their colleague’s security, rather than set up a culture of tattle-tales. Empower staff to go to co-workers to stop them from having public conversations about sensitive issues or leaving an open laptop unattended. Once you trust staff to take security seriously, you’ve increased your abilities to do your job by innumerable measures, and they’ll trust your advice in turn.
SLAIT Consulting can help you develop the policies and deploy the best-in-class security technology solutions to reinforce the strength of your cyber-aware corporate culture.