Security Aware Culture

Building a Security Aware Culture

In today's technology-driven world, businesses of all sizes are constantly faced with the threat of cyber attacks. Unfortunately, many organisations only take action to secure their networks and data after a security breach has already occurred. This reactive approach to cyber security is not only costly and time-consuming, but can also have severe repercussions including a damaged reputation, which may be difficult to build back. Did you know that 96% of cyber attacks are directed at SMEs?

This is why it's crucial to build a security-aware culture within your organisation and we’ve outlined 5 reasons why below:

1. Security Should Never Be Compromised 

The first step towards building a security-aware culture is to understand that security should never be compromised, no matter what. Whether you are dealing with sensitive customer data or business information, you need to ensure that your network and systems are secure from unauthorised access. We always recommend a multi-layered approach to cyber security. This includes implementing strong passwords which are changed periodically, two-factor authentication (2FA), firewalls, and regular software updates, just to name a few.

2. Provides Reassurance to Clients

Building a security-aware culture can also provide reassurance to clients that their data and information is safe and well-protected. With high-profile data breaches making headlines almost daily, clients are becoming increasingly aware of the risks associated with sharing their personal information online. By demonstrating your commitment to cyber security, you can build trust with your clients and differentiate yourself from competitors who may not take security as seriously.

3. Opens Doors to New Opportunities

In today's digital age, cyber security is no longer just a technical issue, but also a business issue. Many companies now require their partners and vendors to demonstrate that they have strong cyber security practices in place before they can do business together. For example, some businesses will only work with others that have their Cyber Essentials accreditation, a government-backed scheme which outlines a set of universal cyber security standards. By building a security-aware culture within your organisation, you can position yourself as a trusted partner and open doors to new opportunities.

4. Reduces the Chance of Falling Victim to an Attack

One of the most significant benefits of building a security-aware culture is that it can help reduce the chance of falling victim to a cyber attack. The people within an organisation are the weakest link when it comes to cyber security and cyber criminals often rely on human error, such as clicking on a malicious link or downloading an infected file, to gain access to a network or system. By educating your employees about the risks of cyber attacks and how to spot them, you can reduce the likelihood of an attack occurring. Read our blog about educating and testing your teams on phishing attacks.

5. Improves Accountability and Learning

Finally, building a security-aware culture can improve accountability and learning within your organisation. When everyone understands the importance of cyber security, they are more likely to take responsibility for their actions and report any potential security risks. This can help create a culture of transparency and continuous learning, where employees are encouraged to share their experiences and learn from each other.

In conclusion, building a security-aware culture is critical for any organisation that wants to stay secure in today's digital landscape. As listed above, by prioritising cyber security, you can provide reassurance to clients, open doors to new opportunities, reduce the chance of falling victim to an attack, and improve accountability and learning within your organisation.

Remember, security should never be compromised, and everyone within your organisation has a role to play in keeping your network, systems, teams and clients safe.

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