How to instill a Cybersecurity Awareness Culture in organizations

Cybersecurity Awareness Culture — by Alessandro Civati
  • Identify a team of champions drawn from the different sectors/departments of the business to support security awareness training programs. These champions will help bring other staff on board, even in departments that are not focused on matters cybersecurity.
  • Ensure that the security team can instantly respond to any risky behavior displayed by an employee on the network. Immediate corrective action will help the employee learn what wrong/unacceptable behavior is at the point of occurrence and help them reconsider their efforts the next time they come across a similar situation. Such training is more impactful than routine activities that may not have simulations of instances of risky behavior.
  • Reinforce continuous learning through formal training opportunities for employees that need assistance. Blanket training for all employees will not achieve the intended results across the company. Training should be based on cyber knowledge assessment and other security simulations to ensure learning outcomes are achieved and that all employees are aware of cybersecurity policies and measures.
  • Undertake quarterly simulations, especially for phishing attacks, to help employees learn how a real attack looks and what must be done upon receiving such a message to prevent putting the organization at risk.
  • Help employees understand that downloading software and application from unverified sources or third-party sites is risky behavior, contradicting company policy.
  • Impress all staff on the importance of not saving data to cloud file sharing apps and reinforcing the message when risky behavior happens through immediate training.
  • Explain why it is not permitted to access and use TOR networks to prevent the organization at risk of attacks.
  • At the onboarding of new staff, an organization must provide essential training and education to get them into the cybersecurity culture and help prevent risky behavior in the future. It helps to save time and effort that goes into doing in-person sessions.

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