For something as vital as cybersecurity, you need more than annual training. But don’t get overwhelmed, especially if you feel like you’re not a tech expert yourself. There are simple systems you can put in place to help you build a culture of security.
You may have tried to build an overall company culture at your business; it might include things like encouraging open communication, creating a positive work environment, and supporting team collaboration.
Each of your values or key parts of your culture make your business a better place to be—security culture can do the same.
Have you heard of Ebbinghaus’s Forgetting Curve? The research by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus shows us why it’s vital to make security a part of your culture. Here’s what he learned about the power of forgetting:
This is why annual security training just doesn’t work. There’s little to no follow-up and your employees have almost no reason to “care” about the training. They might feel concerned about how many cyberattacks are happening, but they’ll quickly brush it off with “well, I use two-factor authentication.”
For your business to take advantage of the benefits of strong cybersecurity, you need to create a culture that promotes security. You’ll want to establish a “security first” attitude by making sure everyone knows why security matters and how their actions can help keep their colleagues, clients, and your business safe.
The goal of security culture is for every team member (including yourself) to be aware of the latest threats and how to handle them. Here are five tips you can use to create a security culture:
It’s easy to forget that as the leader, your decisions set an example for the rest of the team. Make security a priority and get everyone on board by being vocal about why it matters.
Sign up for a cybersecurity newsletter, take 30 minutes a month to educate yourself on security trends, and share what you learn in team meetings.
It doesn’t have to be more than basic cyber hygiene practices like using strong passwords, creating backups, and knowing how to recognize phishing emails. If you have an in-house security team, encourage them to send out a weekly security tip and plan short monthly cyber training.
If you don’t have an in-house team, you can partner with a managed service provider who can provide training and security services.
Just like you might have a company mission statement and steps on how you’ll accomplish that goal, create a security policy to clearly outline your expectations for staff. You can create a simple security mission statement and list the actions your team takes to protect consumer data.
While the idea of losing their job due to a data breach may be motivating for some employees, it feels far away or unlikely. But if you can show how using email security tools will save them from having to weed through junk mail, they’ll be more likely to take it seriously.
People love competition so see if you can make security into a game! Simulate security issues by adding fake phishing emails or malware into their inboxes and see how long it takes them to recognize the problem.
For example, create a fake email from an unknown sender with a link to a malicious website and see how fast they can spot it.
Encourage employees to share any security tips or tricks they’ve picked up and offer rewards for those who find creative solutions. The more you can make it feel like an ongoing activity, the higher your employee engagement will be.
Cybersecurity can feel like a constant to-do list item, rather than something that can benefit you, your employees, and your customers. That’s why Nexus IT is here to help.
Our cybersecurity experts can help you create a security culture and develop the resources you need to keep everyone informed and educated on the latest threats.
Schedule a call with our team to find out more about how you can benefit from security culture.