Since the start of the pandemic, the number of cyber attacks has increased significantly worldwide. While technical security measures help protect your business, it is the behavior of your employees that is critical for its survival. Read here how to achieve a solid cybersecurity culture in only 5 steps:
A healthy cybersecurity culture is key
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, employees worldwide are working remotely rather than in the office. As the majority must first get used to moving primarily in virtual space (e.g., online meetings), the risk of data breaches has increased significantly. Technical security measures such as firewalls and antivirus software are not enough. Studies show that the biggest threat to companies are poorly trained employees. Human error can cause damage to companies amounting to several hundred thousand francs. And this within only a few seconds. Yet this could be prevented with little effort and resources. Investing in a healthy cybersecurity culture is worthwhile, because effective protection against cyber attacks can only be achieved if everyone pulls in the same direction.
Build a cybersecurity culture in your organization
A healthy and strong cybersecurity culture doesn’t happen overnight. It needs to be continuously nurtured and cultivated. To help you get started, our experts have put together an abstract of the 5 top tips from our eBook «Stay safe with a healthy cybersecurity culture»:
1. Get your leadership team on board
The leadership team must commit to a cybersecurity culture, for example, by making its importance clear through training and/or process adjustments. Build a security organization that includes key stakeholders such as the management, a security officer, and information asset owner. To promote a cybersecurity culture among the employees, the stakeholders need to work closely together.
2. Foster accountability
Define clear security policies that all employees must follow when using company information and IT devices. Be sure to point out that the use of hardware and software not provided by the company is prohibited. Experience shows that the foundation of practical measures is responsibility. Therefore, violations must be addressed and punished – regardless of a person’s rank or position.
3. Raise awareness
Employees need to know the security policies that apply to organizational and customer information. This is the only way to avoid data leaks that shake confidence in the organization. Also, it is important to raise awareness in a way that is appropriate for the target group. For example, anyone using mobile devices should know about «shoulder surfing» and always use VPN. Check whether the measures are being complied with.
4. Make communication easy
Communication in dealing with threats should be closely coordinated. Clear, simple channels accessible to all ensure that employees report suspicious activity quickly. If such activity turns out to be harmless, refrain from criticizing the person involved. Consider integrating cybersecurity into the annual employee review.
5. Test with real-world scenarios
Tests and exercises are the best way to prepare employees for real attacks. They allow you to see how well they respond in an emergency and what they do to mitigate the incident. Of course, it is a continuous learning process. The entire organization benefits once every employee is trained and aware of the risks. A resilient security culture is simply part of an organization’s integrity. Therefore, cybersecurity culture needs to be continually assessed, strengthened, and adapted.
Want to find out where your organization’s cybersecurity culture stands and find specific ways to improve it? Then read on in our eBook «Stay safe with a healthy cybersecurity culture»!
Of course, you can also contact our experts directly for a Cyber Security Assessment. We look forward to hearing from you.