Corporate online security policies play a major role in reducing the risk of cyberattacks.
While there is no such thing as zero risk, and security awareness is not always enough to stop employees from making mistakes, there are policies and procedures that can be put in place to mitigate risks.
So how exactly do you make your team more aware and prepared for security risks? Here are six steps to get you started:
1- Know your team
To make sure security awareness is taken seriously across your company, you must first know your audience.
Most companies do not have a singular audience. This means that you'll be trying to reach different people from different backgrounds: some who know very little about cybersecurity and others who know more.
Because your team is diverse, make sure your educational material is too, by including bite-sized content for the less tech savvy members of your team.
2- Keep it fun
Just like at school, we learn better when we have fun, so don't make it too serious. Security is definitely not silly, but it doesn’t have to be obscure, rigid, or boring.
There are a lot of ways to get your team engaged and interested: quizzes and small competitions can get your employees eager to get a better score on a security challenge.
3- Get the support you need
Making sure every team member under different departments is on board with your security program is crucial for its success.
Everyone needs to understand the value of security awareness. For this reason, it's super important to have your execs on your side so they can lead by example.
If you're going to dedicate time and resources to meet certain expectations in terms of security, it is key to build an advisory group of people from different departments, disciplines, and points of view.
Run your ideas for training and education past them first. This will motivate the troops and even offer you different perspectives on actionable plans.
4- Take security awareness beyond work
If you expect your colleagues to be invested in your security program, don’t limit it to work, extend it to everyday life.
You’ve got team members who are parents, trying to get better at dealing with cyberbullying, and others who are simply worried about safeguarding their latest vacation pictures.
Make your program about protecting everything and everyone they care about, even if it's actually intended to focus on protecting the data that matters to you (company passwords, IT assets, yearly audits, etc).
One thing you can do is introduce them to a password manager like Myki, which can be used to store and manage both corporate and personal data. And with its "Custom Profiles" feature, accounts can easily be split between "Work" and "Personal" profiles, making Myki an essential tool for both in and out of the office.
5- Every mistake is a chance to learn
Always be patient with your teammates. If they make a mistake, make it a positive learning experience for the whole team.
Use a phishing simulator to test your team and see if they click on links they shouldn’t be clicking on. If they fail, give them the chance to learn from it.
6- Make it an everyday opportunity
Use small touchpoints that different people will see or catch at different times and places, all with the same goal and message.
For example, you can focus on a certain theme each month, or incorporate broader events such as ‘National Cyber Security Awareness Month’ in October.
You can also share memes to remind your team of important points. There’s a lot of creative content out there waiting to be utilized!
The Bottom Line
Reducing the risks that can be created by your team is not just about having rules and restrictions.
Fostering an effective daily security culture amongst your peers will raise the level of awareness and understanding of the cyber risks tightly related to your organization.
So let’s stay safe out there!