Security is a state of mind. With the increasing number of cyberattacks and breaches, security must be embedded into every aspect of your organization. In order to build a culture of security, you need to invest in it. Here are five ways to build a culture of security within your organization:
- Automate security processes and software when possible. Automation makes it easier for employees to adhere to security processes and procedures. Some ways you can do this are:
- Scheduling patch management on all devices on a weekly basis
- Implementing 90-day password policies for employees
- Utilizing a breach detection or threat hunting service in addition to your AV/EDR solutions
- Conducting regular backups of your data
- Provide security awareness training. Conducting security awareness training with your employees on a regular basis helps drive home the message that security is part of your culture. The training sessions can help your employees understand your security policies and procedures. Additionally, you can conduct some phishing tests to educate your users on how to spot malicious emails from threat actors.
- Make it fun and engaging. Let’s face it, security is not always the most exciting topic. Think of ways to make it fun. Consider hosting security trivia and awarding some nice prizes. When conducting training, incorporate humor, GIFs, or memes to entertain your audience. Even though security is a serious subject, you can still find ways to make it entertaining.
- Lead from the top. Security should be a top-down approach in your organization. Empower your leaders to adhere to your security policies and procedures. Everyone makes mistakes, but no one should make exceptions for poor security choices.
- Reward people for doing the right thing. When you see something, say something. If an employee reports a malicious email instead of clicking on the link, follows the physical security procedures, or informs IT of suspicious activity, take a moment to recognize that person for doing the right thing. Doing so will likely lead to others to practice good security habits.
It’s easier than you think to start building a culture of security. For more information on security awareness training, contact us today.