3 Steps To Building A Cybersecurity Culture

 

A cybersecurity culture is essential as we move forward in today’s digital society and tomorrow’s metaverse. By focusing on a cybersecurity culture, you can better adapt your strategy to mitigate the ever changing threat landscape. Adopting a cybersecurity culture will focus on the role employees play in the organization, engagement and training activities which likely result in a happier and more secure workplace. While focusing on people can be an expense, it is cheaper than the alternative of business failure due to ransomware, data theft, business interruption, decline in reputation and lack of trust by employees, vendors and clients alike. 

A cybersecurity culture starts at the top with the CEO leading the charge, not just with words but through actions. Just as in any strategic analysis, research is the first step to understanding the environment so that you can make appropriate decisions. A cybersecurity culture is an important element in your security strategy and integrating processes and tools to protect information, data and employee and customer privacy are key components. One of the top common cyber hacks is through phishing. The pivot during the pandemic to remote work  resulted in a drastic increase in Covid-19-themed phishing campaigns. So how do you protect your people? Here are 3 steps to get you started

  1. Survey: Begin with the current situation and create a benchmark by surveying your people. A security culture survey can help identify and understand the 7 dimensions of your people.
  2. Industry Pulse: Once you have created a benchmark, cross-compare your results with other industries to develop a plan of action. 
  3. SWOT: Understanding your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats can help guide you on performance planning. 

A cyber security culture is a critical, need-to-have asset in your business. By assessing employees’ security awareness, behaviors and culture, you can adapt your policies and training programs for risk mitigation. It’s not if, it’s when. The alternative is failure – failure to your employees, your customers, your reputation, your investors, your opportunities and your longevity.  Interested in suggestions for your survey? We can help, contact our team to learn more about cybersecurity culture market research opportunities for your business.