Cybersecurity and People

Cybersecurity and People

Invest in people and culture to improve your company’s security systems and reduce the possibility of having cyber-attack

The company’s security systems are most of the time inadequate and outdated. Cyber criminals are surely a risk but the insecurity of these systems, are the biggest uncertainty to be aware of. The violation of the company’s security systems always has a cause. From the “The Cyber Security Imperative” report from Esi ThoughtLab, emerge that the 87% of the biggest corporations find the greater risk in inexperienced employees. Most of the managers interviewed, sustains that employees with a lack of competences in this field, represents the biggest danger for cyber-risk. Everyday employees’ behaviors present one of the greatest risks for your organization and customers. Lack of employees’ preparation and prudence generate fear among companies’ top managers, more than malware, spyware, phishing or cybercriminals. Data shows that the biggest companies with the more structured processes, are more aware of hacktivist and internal threats while the smallest enterprises, are more scared about external actions coming both from partners and suppliers.

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Create a Strong Cyber Defence

From data also emerge that fact that most of the problems and enterprises’ cyber attack comes from employees and from their mistakes and lack of preparation. Consequently, is important that companies consider, in addition to information technology security, a constant training program for all the employees involved. Technical defenses are important but have a limited effect if they are undermined by employees who do not follow security policies either because they find them inconvenient or do not simply understand why they are necessary. The commitment of your people to protecting your organization is an essential component of a strong cyber defense. That means that part of a company’s cyber strategy, must be focus on the human aspects of your organization in developing a positive security culture that is grounded in employees’ attitudes, evident in the behavior’s people exhibit and which is reinforced by the actions of leaders.

Companies must develop an organizational culture more secure by implementing the following steps:

  • Create a culture based on trust, not surveillance and stress all people the responsibility to protecting critical assets. Make no exceptions for leaders, they must be the models;
  • encourage people to view security not as something restrictive but as something that enables your organization to deliver a secure offer;
  • find ways that enables employees to transfer information securely and protect the data of your customers.

Taking in consideration cyber risk means looking at people in addition to processes and technologies.