Are your employees actively engaged in your company's cybersecurity?
Getting your employees to actively participate and engage in cybersecurity is definitely a complex battle. People still think cybersecurity is a myth, despite the fact that it is one of the most important aspects of any business.
Promoting a culture of cybersecurity is the best way to keep your organization safe and secure in the digital world. Between phishing attacks, business email compromises, social media scams, and credential theft—your employees will have their hands full all year long.
Therefore, it’s extremely important for you to build a human firewall.
Here are the steps you should take to engage with your employees:
1. Show them what’s in it for them
So much of what employees learn during at-work security training can be applied to their personal account safety. Show them the value of the information as it pertains to their safety and security, not just the company’s interests.
2. Make it clear that no one is safe from an attack
It’s not a question of "if" but "when" it happens. How quickly and effectively team members can react to block the attack or minimize the damage?
3. Show them how to report and shut down cyber threats
To go with the tip above, an organized training plan should be in place and accessible for employees and it should be updated as necessary.
4. Cybersecurity awareness training isn’t anything new
It’s never too early to learn good habits. Integrating cybersecurity into the onboarding process makes a lot of sense as new employees are likely gaining access to accounts, making their passwords, and learning about company processes.
Here’s what you can do to make cybersecurity training EFFECTIVE:
- AUTOMATE IT - weekly tips and reminders to keep cybersecurity top of mind.
- TEST IT - simulated phishing attacks to regularly test your employees' skills.
- OUTSOURCE IT - hire cybersecurity pros to provide in-depth training.
Making employees think of cybersecurity as a top priority is easier said than done since they all have to-do lists and deadlines of their own. Use the tips below to take a step in the right direction. Don't underestimate the importance of training and educating your employees to care more about the role they play in the cybersecurity of your organization.