How to Promote a Strong Cybersecurity Culture Year-Round

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Conduct Internal Testing

Your employees are going to be tested in the real world, most likely from phishing or social engineering attacks. To ensure that they are prepared for this, regularly conduct internal penetration testing that measures employee readiness. After conducting tests, send out reports to the entire organization highlighting where things went wrong, what the implications could have been had the situation been real, and tips to help identify and mitigate these sorts of risks. You can also evaluate which employees could use additional training to help recognize threats and evaluate your progress year-to-year.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month kicked off with an attention-grabbing incident that reminds us why security matters. News of the massive data breach at Experian highlights the difficulties that organizations face in protecting systems and sensitive data from increasingly sophisticated intruders.

In a world that’s more connected than ever, the potential for a devastating cyber attack or data breach is only a click away. Nowhere is that more evident than in the workplace. Employees have access to a wide range of sensitive information and are regularly the targets of cyber criminals. Because of this, they need to be prepared for specific scenarios that they may encounter and have access to easy-to-use security solutions.

Regardless of the organization and its function, management needs to place an emphasis on raising awareness. With the recent string of high-profile data breaches, it’s time to look into how organizations can create a culture shift. The responsibility of protecting sensitive information doesn’t live solely within an organization’s security team. All employees need to be well-educated when it comes to threats and security so that they are part of the solution, not the problem. In this slideshow, ZixCorp has identified tips organizations can use to develop a strong cybersecurity culture among their employees.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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