How to Promote Cyber Security Awareness in your Organisation

June 4, 2018 2:39 pm Geraldine Strawbridge

Cybercrime is becoming a major problem for organisations around the world. With attacks against businesses doubling in the last five years, organisations need to look at new ways of strengthening their defences.

Over 90% of all successful cyber-attacks are a result of information unknowingly provided by employees. As networks become harder to breach, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting employees as they are the easiest way to break into a network and steal sensitive data.

In PWC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2018, almost half of the respondents admitted that they do not have an employee security awareness training programme in place, despite a 58% increase in the number of employee-related security breaches.

Staff are central to an organisation’s ability to operate safely and securely so it’s vital that employees have all the information and knowledge they need to support the security of a company’s network and information systems.

To effectively promote the importance of cyber security, organisations should:

1. Develop an Effective Security Strategy

Security should be built into the culture of your organisation to ensure that every employee within the company understands the importance of cyber security and the far-reaching impact that a data breach can have.

Human error remains the number one cause of a cyber-attack and cybercriminals are quick to take advantage of this lack of cyber security awareness to launch a targeted attack. The development of a comprehensive security strategy will protect sensitive data, reduce threats and ensure the reputation of an organisation remains intact.

2. Keep Defensive Practices up to date

Security policies could be rendered useless unless organisations have a thorough and continual way of monitoring cyber security compliance. The security landscape is constantly shifting and evolving so it is vital that employees are continually trained to ensure they can respond appropriately to the most up to date security threats.

3. Security Awareness Training

Effective security awareness training is essential in training your staff on how to identify and respond appropriately to the growing range of cyber security threats. All employees, at every level of the organisation should receive this training to ensure they have the skills required to identify an attack. Cyber Security awareness training should be engaging and informative to ensure that staff understand what is required of them and the importance of their role in safeguarding the organisation’s sensitive data.

Security awareness training will:

  • Educate staff on the cyber threats faced
  • Raise awareness of the sensitivity of data on systems
  • Ensure procedures are followed correctly
  • Provide information on how to avoid Phishing emails and other scam tactics
  • Reduce the number of data breaches
  • Build a culture of enhanced security compliance

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