If you didn’t get a chance to read our last blog, it gives you a look into the not-so- cybersecure world of the workspace and shares the Top 5 Cybersecurity Mistakes Employees make. In this follow-up post, we will share different ways that your company can create a cyber-aware community and teach employees about cybersecurity.
Many people are intimidated by cybersecurity because of the technical components, and new hacking tactics makes it hard for people to remember and know how to react. Clarity and continuity are two key elements that you need to develop in order to upkeep a cyber-aware community.
Clear communication of what safe cybersecurity habits are continual conversations what new bugs hackers are creating, and talking with employees about cybersecurity in a jargon-free messaging are just examples of how companies can produce a cyber-aware culture.
If you want to create an environment where employees have the knowledge and confidence to deal with cybersecurity, see what the main building blocks of a cyberaware culture in the workplace are!
Give Clear Directions
Outline what cybersecurity habits you expect your employees to follow. If you don’t state what actions employees should avoid such as downloading the link in an email from an unknown sender or conducting any business on a personal mobile device, your employees have more risk of sending out company data in an unsecure way. Provide clear guidelines on what to do and what not to do.
One way to keep employees on their toes is to send them automated tests. There are several software systems available that will send out faux phishing emails and other types of hacking methods that cybercriminals use.
Phishing is one of the main methods that hackers use to infect corporate employees, and a 2015 report conducted by Intermedia found that 93% of workers who have been briefed on safe cybersecurity habits still engaged in a form of risky data security.
Send out a test every couple of months to remind employees that a hack can happen at any moment and cleverly be disguised.
Honesty is the Best Policy
Communicate to your employees that if they were to accidently fall prey to a cyberattack, they should notify upper management immediately. The more time that goes by after malware is downloaded onto an employee’s computer and it stays unreported, the greater the consequences for your network and confidential data.
Don’t Risk BYOD
BYOD has been a controversial topic for many companies. While conducting business on your personal mobile device is efficient and necessary, there is a high risk of losing confidential company data during incidents such as theft or acquiring malware.
Consider investing in highly secure smartphones such as our GATCA Elite cyberphones that guard your data from all angles of intrusion. With like AES encryption, biometrical security features and Coin SL, a feature that automatically locks down all GATCA Elites upon SIM card removal, employees can complete any type of work knowing that company data is fully protected.
Cybersecurity is a Constant Conversation
Back to continuity, after introducing cybersecurity to your employees, don’t end the conversation and expect everybody to keep up with acquiring more knowledge about cybersecurity on their own. Set up regular meetings to brief all members of your staff about the latest in company data breaches and new types of hacks to look out for.
Whenever you engage in a conversation about cybersecurity, keep the language jargon-free and don’t use complicated or unfamiliar terms. Speaking in everyday terms creates an environment where employees are comfortable to ask questions and voice concerns.
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