“We don’t need security…”… is not a statement you’d expect to hear at work, especially with our growing dependence on technology and having a modern, digital infrastructure. Everyone knows security is important and how it must be embedded into everything an organisation does, to protect it from outside threats.
Your business’ security should be widespread and mainstream, but unfortunately, a quick glance at the latest news shows security culture has not kept pace with the threat landscape.
Keeping up with the relentless churn of updates can be challenging. However, it’s a worthwhile exercise, helping companies understand what’s currently happening, what could happen and what you can do to prevent disasters.
Enhance internal processes
With GDPR coming into swing, information security should be at the core of all internal processes. It’s imperative for every business to ensure it has a strong digital use policy, which addresses concerns about business travel, customer data, how it should be categorised and timely responses to security issues.
Create a healthy culture from the top down
An organisation’s security culture is not something that necessarily grows in a positive way organically. It’s also bigger than just a single event. However, if you create a culture which is sustainable, you can transform security into a lifecycle that generates security returns forever.
Why does an organisation need a security culture? The primary answer is something deep down we all know. In any system, it’s very often our own team members and employees that can be the weakest leak.
Computers do exactly what we tell them, but the challenge lies with the human element and staff need a framework to understand what’s right and wrong when it comes to security processes.
Every individual should understand how to manage their electronic equipment and what to do in web-based scenarios. You should be able to test this knowledge by running security drills.
Customers have every right to know who has access to their data, how it’s being used and whether it’s protected. Transparency should be the central pillar of your internal cyber security policy and this should extend to them as well.
Remember external partners
Research suggests when companies assess the security and privacy strategies of all suppliers, the likelihood of a breach falls by 20 percent. Correct and thorough oversight pays dividends beyond just compliance benefits.