It Starts With You
Before you can do anything else, you the business owner need to learn as much as you can about the importance of cybersecurity and some of the measures you can start implementing to beef up your defenses. It is not enough to call up a company that specializes in cybersecurity and tell them to do their thing. You need to get involved. This is essential because it will determine how systematic your next few steps will be and how well you will be able to convey the importance of cybersecurity to your employees.
Education Is Key
The next step is to educate everyone in your company of the importance of cybersecurity. The best way to approach this is to forget about the crusty old lessons on the dangers of phishing and social engineering. Get them engaged by letting them know how cybersecurity can affect them.
For example, tell them how much time it takes for an average company's system to come back online after a breach. Explain to them how catastrophic an impact this will have on your company. Make it very clear to them that this can easily mean the company will have to shut down and they will be left without their jobs.
When it comes to teaching them about the specific facts on cybersecurity, make sure to do this by using examples and stories that are more than just statistics. Find the most interesting and most terrifying stories of corporate data breaches and tie in your lessons with these.
Adopt Cybersecurity Policies
Education and workshops are all really nice and informative, but it is crucial that your employees know cybersecurity is not something that will be taken lightly in their company. The best and the most effective way to do this is though adopting certain cybersecurity policies. Make it very clear what kind of behavior is encouraged and what the consequences will be if someone goes against the policy. If you allow for BYOD (bring your own device) practices in your company, make sure to be especially serious about this as part of your cybersecurity policies.
A very large number of smaller companies do all of the aforementioned the right way. They train their employees and they put down some very well structured policies. But then, after a couple of months, a data breach happens and it is soon very clear that it was due to human error, like so many of them are.
Someone got careless.
In order for your employees not to get careless, you will need to stay vigilant. Ask people to send you the passwords to their work profiles and different work devices. Inspect their passwords. Do a survey every now and then and ask them if they received any suspicious emails and what they did with them. Use the company schedule maker software to schedule regular cybersecurity practices and to ensure that everyone sticks to them.
It all comes down to following through on the strong foundations you set for your employees.
Cybersecurity is no laughing matter and if you are careless, you are putting your entire company in jeopardy. Adopt a culture of cybersecurity in your company and you will minimize the chances of anything catastrophic going down.
Site last updated: 1. July 2019