An effective cybersecurity culture enables a virtuous circle where employees, understand their roles and responsibilities for protecting their firm, literally becoming human firewalls.
How do we build and maintain a cybersecurity culture within our organization?
The human element is central to an organization’s strategic management of its cybersecurity posture. However, not every organization understands how to create a work culture where security awareness and behaviours are seamlessly integrated into everyone’s daily processes.
Most SMB’s recognise there is a gap between the organization’s desired and actual cyber security culture. 87% say their organizational profitability will increase with a stronger cybersecurity culture. Fewer than half conduct hands on training on security awareness or best practices.
So, what is stopping companies from adopting a cybersecurity culture?
To empower a culture of cybersecurity:
Organizations that report a significant gap between their current and desired cultural state are spending 19% of their annual on training and other tools. In sharp contrast, those firms reporting “no gap” in their desired cybersecurity culture are spending more than twice as much, at 43%.
Organizations that have a strong cybersecurity posture are not only leveraging technology but also investing heavily in changing behavior — moving away from fear-based tactics to those of healthy paranoia, where communication and repetition work in favor of building cybersecurity habits.
Four Pillars for a Thriving Cybersecurity Culture:
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