Creating a cybersecurity culture has always been an essential part of an organization’s cybersecurity strategy. The massive shift caused by COVID-19 to remote working, followed by the rise of the hybrid workplace has fundamentally changed the threat landscape.
What is Cybersecurity Culture and Why is it important?
Cybersecurity culture in a workplace is important to everyone who is passionate about cybersecurity and motivated to improve it. people understand why cybersecurity is important and they see themselves as part of the solution.
Promoting a cybersecurity culture also ensures that employees are aware of the risks, or can be aware of them, and understand how to respond to or report these risks. In turn, this awareness will help better protect the organization by creating a strong line of defense against possible cyberattacks and data breaches.
Challenges of Creating a Cybersecurity Culture
However, the path to creating a cybersecurity culture that will improve business operations and reduce risk – can be fraught with pitfalls.
The lack of adequate funding for security is a major obstacle. Building a cybersecurity culture without the involvement of business leaders is another.
Other challenges faced by the security team are as follows:
Security has a bad reputation
The “safety brand” is an important factor in creating a cybersecurity culture. The fact that security teams are not always respected or understood is an obstacle that security teams must overcome in their work to change people’s attitudes towards security.
This effort starts within the security organization and often there is a lot of “toxicity” within the security teams themselves, which affects the entire organization and can be a hindrance for building a culture of safety.
CISO doesn’t have the right things
The organization’s security manager must perform the duties. Finding a transformative CISO who can lead and grow a culture of cybersecurity will be the top priority and will be a challenge for many companies.
5 best practices to create a cyber-security culture
• Get started in the C-suite and make security-relevant
Security professionals need to understand and align with a business strategy, identify the risks associated with that strategy, and communicate those risks in a way suitable for business conditions.
• Human-Centric Approach
Security teams often confuse a “people-centered” security program with implementing security awareness training that every employee is required to complete.
For example, fraud awareness training can be made more effective when accompanied by a reward program similar to a bounty program, in which employees are rewarded for detecting a pattern of fraud. The bounty program can also be extended to reward an employee who recognizes a real phishing campaign and reports it quickly.
However, it is important for the culture to be cooperative and positive and to stay away from the culture of blame and fear.
• Invest in the right security tools
Security tools are an integral part of a multi-layered defense system, but they are not a panacea for cyberattacks.
For example, investing in SIEM solutions that use machine learning can help empower security operations center staff by increasing their detection and response capabilities, improving the signal-to-signal ratio on interference, and allowing security analysts to focus on critical threats.
However, it’s important to remember that as technology evolves and cyberattacks increase, the shortage of cybersecurity skills is only getting worse. Recruiting, training, and retaining network talent from a variety of backgrounds is essential to maintaining an edge.
• Have a CISO succession plan in place
An important, but often overlooked, part of building a successful cybersecurity culture is having a CISO succession plan. While a culture change can take up to five years, the average duration for a CISO is just over two years. Therefore, companies must ensure that they have a successor within the organization who can pursue this vision to implement this safety culture shift.
• Helping Telecomers Work Safely
The growth of the workplace allows employees to work from cafes, cars, hotels and home offices. Employees need an open and trusted line of communication with security staff and management to minimize shortcuts to customer data or work files. For example, a virtual private network is relatively simple and easy to use. Employees should be aware that remote workforces require additional steps to reduce the risk of cyberattacks and data loss.
Creating a cybersecurity culture is the responsibility of every employee, manager, and contractor to prevent a cyber breach or attack. Engaged employees with ongoing awareness training and communication to foster a strong cybersecurity culture.