9 Ways to Implement a Cyber Security Culture in Your Organization
Oct 21, 2019
Promoting online safety at work is a critical step in enhancing your organization’s cyber security posture. As the cyber security landscape evolves, so should your employees by becoming prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to a data breach or security incident. Every year, more and more employees take their work home with them, blurring the lines between work and personal life. This is what makes a strong cyber security culture more important than ever.
What is a Cyber Security Culture?
While this may seem simple, cyber security culture is more than implementing policies. This should be an in-depth training and explanation of why employees need to change their passwords regularly and how they can protect themselves and the company from cybercrime. According to ESG, 40% of companies reported that cyber security will remain a top priority moving forward and will drive their technology spending. Establishing a strong cyber security culture is a top priority of this initiative. Since recent studies have reported that human error accounts for 90 percent of cyber-attacks by either clicking on links, opening unknown attachments, or releasing personal/confidential credentials, it’s understandable why cyber security is a top priority for companies. In 2017, the top threat actions were the use of stolen credentials, phishing, misdelivery, or privilege abuse. Creating a culture of cyber security awareness in your organization can help prevent a data breach or security incident from occurring, but it begins from the top down. So, where should you start?
9 Tips for Implementing Cyber Security Culture in Organizations
At Secuvant, we’ve seen it all. So, here are our top nine methods for implementing this culture into your organization.
- Implement Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Whenever an employee needs to login, they will be required to receive a secondary code before they can access what they’re looking for. This provides an extra layer of protection, enhancing your security across your devices. According to Secuvant’s CISO, Matt Sorenson, “The pace in the change of technologies is still going faster than we as people can keep up with. Utilizing two-factor authentication across all personal and business devices, especially email, as well as instituting risk management best practices will help safeguard the data and keep you in compliance with the regulatory environment.”
- Practice Strong Password Management: A strong password should follow NIST guidelines containing an eight-character minimum and 64 characters maximum length. This is a simple way to implement cyber security culture in organizations and can be taught to employees in a quick meeting.
- Host Anti-Phishing Training: As phishing becomes an increasing way for hackers to breach systems and steal information, educating employees on identifying phishing emails and reporting them to IT will help minimize IT risk from email and malware.
- Enforce Policies and Procedures for IT Risk: Activities such as Shadow IT are becoming problems in organizations, leaving them vulnerable to a hacker. Enforcing policies and procedures for purchasing authorities, as well as downloading, storing, and sharing data will help minimize IT risk.
- Improve Third-Party Cyber Security: Implementing and putting vendor risk management best practices in place ensures your vendors are protecting the information you share with them.
- Consistently Update Software: Another simple cyber security method, keeping your software up-to-date helps patch up security holes that create vulnerabilities in your infrastructure.
- Lock Up Devices: Securing and locking up both business and personal devices when unattended will protect information from getting stolen. This is as simple as requiring every team member to have a screen saver that starts shortly after the device is not in use.
- Avoid Public Wi-Fi: Connecting to an unsecured, public WiFi can position yourself as a target to a hacker, stealing business information that is easily attainable. Communicate to employees the need to solely using a secure, company WiFi connection for work purposes.
- Institute Cyber Security Awareness Training: Hosting an annual cyber security awareness training will keep employees at the forefront of developing hacks and tactics to infiltrate systems. It’s also a good idea to host training sessions with new hires as part of their onboarding training.
Every employee should be held accountable for practicing cyber security best practices and protecting the organization’s data and information. As organizations, especially SMBs continue to become targets for hackers, providing employees with regular training sessions on cyber security, as well as conducting a GAP risk assessment to analyze areas of weakness will help enhance your security posture. These are all relatively simple methods for implementing cyber security in the workplace and keeping your company safe from outside attackers. By adopting these methods into the culture, every team member will know what is expected and cyber security will become second nature.
The Importance of Cyber Security in the Workplace
It’s no secret or surprise that cyber security in the workplace is important and will continue to be important in the future. In addition to the more complex cyber security methods, our nine tips and tricks are a simple way to keep your company’s information safe. However, the first step is to understand the importance of cyber security culture in your organization and why this focus should come from the top. Implementing a cyber security culture is a shared responsibility and one that will safeguard your organization for the long-term. Our expert team at Secuvant is here to help you and your team implement cyber security best practices. We are here to help with your cyber risk management with our exclusive Secuvant Cyber7™. This is designed to map your business goals and objectives in addition to your cyber security programs and risks, and then developed a strategy to protect your company’s information. To learn more about implementing cyber security culture or our Security & Risk Program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 855-732-8826 to speak to one of our security professionals today.