How to Build a Positive Cybersecurity Culture
- Post by Janet Gehring
- August 21, 2023
Did you know that up to 90% of cyberattacks stem from some type of human error? Bad guys aren’t primarily trying to hack your tech – they’re trying to hack you and your team. That’s why we can’t rely on technology alone. Keep your organization safer by building a positive cybersecurity culture that helps reduce human errors.
Security culture is defined as the values that determine how people think about and approach security in an organization.
KnowBe4 has distilled seven dimensions of security culture that have a direct or indirect impact on the security of the organization.
In short, your employees’ knowledge, beliefs, values, and behaviors will be the difference between protection and breach. That’s why focusing on security culture, especially cybersecurity culture, is essential. Your employees are at the center of everything; they can either be easy prey, or they can become an effective human layer of defense.
Review this checklist to see if you’re on the right track to creating a strong cybersecurity culture and where you could improve.
You can strengthen your cybersecurity culture through strategies such as promoting awareness, instilling accountability, encouraging continuous learning, and integrating cybersecurity into organizational processes.
Make security training an ongoing effort
Don’t treat cybersecurity training as a mere checkbox exercise. Instead, foster a culture of continuous learning and provide regular opportunities for your employees to stay updated on the latest threats and security best practices. Make security awareness an ongoing journey rather than a one-time event.
Deliver interesting and relatable training
Engagement is vital to proper training. Avoid dry and obsolete content. Instead, strive to provide training that is timely, engaging and relatable. Use interactive platforms and user-friendly tools to create an immersive learning experience that your team will enjoy.
Measure behavior, not just activity
Don’t focus solely on tracking training completion rates or the number of simulated phishing exercises. While these metrics provide some insight, they don’t paint the whole picture. Shift your focus to measuring behavior outcomes, demonstrating a true understanding of security principles and driving tangible changes in employee behavior.
Create a culture of learning, not blaming
Approach security training as an opportunity for growth and improvement rather than a blame game. Foster a supportive environment where employees feel comfortable reporting security concerns and asking questions. Encourage a sense of collective responsibility, emphasizing that cybersecurity is everyone’s job.
It takes the skills and attention of everyone to build and maintain a positive cybersecurity culture. Over time, the behaviors will become second nature and your organization will be less vulnerable to cyber risks. If your company already has a strong cybersecurity culture, keep up the good work. If not, get started today!
If you’d like to know more about how CRU Solutions can help keep your business safer, contact us.