Digital transformation has made it easier for enterprises to monitor and manage their assets and operations. Needless to say, digitizing nearly every aspect of a modern business and the facilities they operate produces a lot of sensitive data and information. What’s more, there are plenty more vulnerabilities and endpoints hackers can use to access an enterprise’s network. While these outside hackers are indeed a major threat that should be taken seriously, more organizations need to address internal risks and vulnerabilities to cybersecurity, too, namely human-errors. Employees’ potential to impact a business’s cybersecurity is greater than one may initially think. What are some things your organization can do to promote better cybersecurity practice and knowledge in the workplace among your most valuable assets: your employees?
Foster the Culture Early
In order to keep cybersecurity and digital security compliance top of mind, organizations should foster a culture of cybersecurity early. As part of new employee onboarding, staff members should receive training on best cybersecurity practices regardless of their role. With this being said, not all of your employees are expected to possess the knowledge of a highly-trained security engineer. However, at some point, every employee will interact with clients or within the business network that could negatively affect your enterprise’s digital health. Incorporate training requirements, covering everything from bringing your own device (BYOD) policies to how-to spot phishing emails for all employees, and revisiting these topics often with ongoing training.
Put the Efforts Into Perspective
Suppose your enterprise operates on a global scale. In that case, employees may have a difficult time grasping how their actions on a local and regional level can play a role in your organization’s overall cybersecurity. As the employer, you should put their actions and role within the organization into perspective. To do this, help your team understand that there is a greater threat to the company out there and that employees performing their jobs correctly is one of your company’s most effective defenses against the threat. That type of messaging should be coming from regional leadership. It’s far more effective when company-wide messaging and resources reinforce how critical these efforts are. Involve your employees and internal experts to share their knowledge and suggestions to keep encouraging the conversation about cybersecurity.
Don’t Be Afraid of Over-Communication
Reinforcing the cybersecurity mentality throughout your organization is an ongoing practice. Constantly pushing this type of messaging makes people concerned that the idea will lose meaning and urgency over time. Over-communication on something as critical as smart cybersecurity practices and awareness does not have to paint a grim picture of impending doom or digital collapse. Instead, there are plenty of ways to constantly present opportunities for all of your employees to learn more and feel invested in your organization’s security. Of course, there are meetings and training for improved education, but you can also implement discussion forums or incentive programs that reward compliant performance or training completion.
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