3 Ways to Create a Cybersecurity Culture

The average cost of a data breach is $3.86 million globally.  

Non-malicious employee error is typically the cause of a data breach. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter what IT security system an organization has in place if employees aren’t educated on the importance of cybersecurity.  

Establishing a cybersecurity culture requires everyone to have an equal part in cybersecurity, which is essential in protecting the organization. To create or strengthen your cybersecurity culture, use these three tips. 

1. Make sure employees understand security belongs to everyone 

Many employees believe that if they have a nontechnical job, they don’t need to worry about cybersecurity. As an organization, you can help change that mentality by explaining to employees the role they play in cybersecurity. Let them know why it’s important, how it can impact them, and what they can do to prevent it. 

2. Education and awareness

Ensure all employees understand why they need to care about cybersecurity and educate them on the basics such as:  

  • Password Security –  Require employees to use strong passwords that combine uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols, and numbers. 
  • Virtual Private Network – Train employees on the importance of using a VPN when working remotely, as Wi-Fi networks can be dangerous. 
  • Suspicious Activity – Teach employees how to identify suspicious links and emails. 

3. Continuous training and re-evaluation 

With technology changing almost daily, it’s important to re-evaluate and revise what is being covered in the training. Try to relate the training not only to the employees work-life but home life too. Pick 2-3 topics to cover each training to ensure your employees don’t become overwhelmed.  Creating a cybersecurity culture ensures that employees understand and are aware of potential threats. By educating employees on the most-up-to-date information and teaching them the basics, they are far less likely to fall prey to attacks. 

Interested in learning more about changing your cybersecurity culture, contact Brite today or check out KnowBe4.




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