Data breaches happen for so many reasons, ranging from purely technological issues to human errors. Cybersecurity is about mitigating risks and being vigilant in different ways. One of the most vital things you can do to boost security for your company is create a culture that establishes a sense of personal responsibility combined with psychological safety. With an attitude of unity, employees feel safe asking “dumb” questions and reporting potential risks and concerns that could possibly lead to exploited vulnerabilities. Destigmatizing the way security issues are treated and reported can go a long way in reducing risks across the spectrum.
Support employees as whole people bringing both personal and professional hopes and concerns to work with them every day – create safe places for employees to share issues and questions of any sort. Happy, supported people are more likely to be careful, observant, and feel loyal to the company than employees who are burnt out or nervous. When morale is low, people are more likely to feel detached and avoid “going the extra mile” to proactively address security concerns.
Try integrating these tips to allow for more openness and transparency when it comes to security issues:
Overall, when thinking about how to promote cyber security, it’s key to consider the human aspect. By creating a culture of accountability combined with psychological safety can help inspire, not only basic compliance, but proactive vigilance across the organization.
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