Incorporating security awareness into your company culture is important for building security maturity and influencing positive results. A well-put-together security culture boosts a business or organization’s overall security position. It also encourages IT and end-users to collaborate in detecting malicious activity that could lead to a security attack.
Security awareness and training are pertinent for preventing cyber-attacks on a business or organization. An initial attack could be something as simple as an employee clicking on a suspicious link or attachment that could lead to a data breach.
What is Security Culture?
“A security culture is a set of beliefs and values ingrained in an organization that result in all employees behaving and operating in a way that promotes cybersecurity. A strong security culture recognizes that security is everyone’s job — not just IT’s,” (Matt Warner, Tech Target, 2021).
Elements of a good security culture for organizations:
- Align overall business goals with security.
- Promote the importance of security, rather than viewing it as an obligation.
- Promote security best practices from the top down.
- Encourage critical thought, not blame and punishments, when issues arise.
Importance of Security Culture
Establishing a strong security culture takes time, effort and practice. A good security culture is typically embedded within an organization and requires long-term commitments and perpetuation.
Four ways to implement a positive approach to security culture and build security maturity within your business or organization are of the following:
- Avoid complacency and optimize for success.
- Educate and encourage your employees.
- Reward good security behaviours.
- Evaluate security tools with maturity in mind.
Lifespan and Security Culture
At Lifespan, we believe a strong ITAD partner and processes as part of our client’s security culture is critical in minimizing security attacks or incidents. Our team offers a consultive and custom approach to developing ITAD processes that are part of creating a positive security culture and goes beyond just IT practices.
For more information about Security Culture, read this article by Tech Target.