Because cybersecurity has been a topic of such intense debate and scrutiny, many businesses are searching for a surefire way to protect their company, data, and clients. As the focus on cybersecurity begins to shift to cyber resiliency, businesses are turning their attention to implementing a security culture that transcends a shortsighted, reactive cybersecurity approach.
A cybersecurity culture is the product of an organization’s values, traditions, beliefs, and attitudes that contribute to its members’ decisions and actions related to cybersecurity risks. When it comes to cybersecurity, culture matters. The right cybersecurity culture will help your business be more cyber resilient – meaning you’ll be better prepared to withstand and recover from a cybersecurity incident.
Why Cyber Resilience Should be Your End Goal
When it comes to cybersecurity, your end goal should be cyber resilience – not just cybersecurity. Cyber resilience is the mindset shift from reactive to proactive security. Cyber resilience means being prepared for—and able to recover from—a cybersecurity incident. This proactive endeavor is more effective in resistance and recovery from cyberattacks than a patch-only approach.
Despite this knowledge, a mere 21% of surveyed businesses have reported their cyber resilience and security plans as being ‘mature’, which means “all planned and defined cyber resiliency security activities are deployed, maintained and/or refined across the organization.” Even worse, only 26% of organizations even had a plan.
If you feel like your business fits into this category, considering a new cyber resilience plan and cybersecurity culture should be at the top of your to-do list.
How to Implement a Cybersecurity Culture
So how do you go about implementing a cybersecurity culture? Here are a few tips:
- Define what cybersecurity means to your organization: What are your cybersecurity goals? What kind of risks are you trying to mitigate? Answering these questions will help you develop a cybersecurity strategy that’s tailored to your business.
- Communicate your cybersecurity goals and strategies: Once you’ve defined your cybersecurity goals, it’s important to communicate them to everyone in your organization – from the C-suite down to individual employees. Make sure everyone understands the importance of cybersecurity and knows what their role is in protecting the company.
- Make cybersecurity a part of your company’s DNA: Incorporate cybersecurity into your company’s values and make it a part of the way you do business. For example, you can require all employees to undergo regular cybersecurity training or implement policies that require everyone to use strong passwords.
- It starts with leadership: Cybersecurity starts at the top. Company leaders need to be committed to cybersecurity and set the tone for the rest of the organization. They should make cybersecurity a priority and ensure that everyone in the company is following best practices.
- It takes a mindset shift: A security culture starts with a mindset shift. Everyone in the organization needs to be thinking about cybersecurity and how they can protect the company and each other. This means taking cybersecurity seriously and not treating it as an afterthought.
How Envision Consulting Can Help Your Company’s Security Approach
Envision Consulting has extensive experience helping companies implement cybersecurity best practices. We can help you develop a cybersecurity strategy that’s tailored to your business, and we can provide training and education on cybersecurity best practices.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you improve your cybersecurity posture.