Monday, 08 April 2019 16:13

Moving Towards a Culture of Cybersecurity

If you think that hackers and other cyberthieves aren’t interested in your business, you could be making a crucial miscalculation about security in the digital realm. In fact, virtually all businesses (as well as individuals) are viewed as “opportunity-rich targets” by cybercriminals. This means you should not only be proactive in defending your sensitive business and customer data, but you should make this a top priority throughout the organization.

Here at Baillie Lumber, we strive to be diligent in the field of cybersecurity. Because we so highly value our customers’ privacy, we adhere to a strict policy of identifying any potential areas of weakness (and finding solutions), while strongly encouraging our employees to practice data security procedures at all times.

To build a culture of cybersecurity in your business, keep these tips in mind:46627027 s

Know the threats that are out there. Ideally, your IT team should maintain awareness of the ever-evolving array of digital threats out there. These can range from “tried-and-true” threats like large-scale data breaches and phishing (employing tricks to get users to click on links or download malware-infected attachments) to sophisticated viruses designed to get around less-than-perfect firewalls and other defenses. Practice awareness of cybercrime and encourage everyone in the company to do the same.

Make standard data-security practices compulsory. It may seem self-evident, but there are plenty of situations where businesses fail to establish and enforce data-security policies for employees to follow. Start by mandating the use of strong passwords among all team members, from upper management to the front desk. No one should be permitted to slide when it comes to choosing solid  passwords (and changing them on a regular basis), which in and of itself can sharply decrease the risk of cybertheft.

Conduct ongoing cyber-awareness training. Helping educate employees results in greater awareness of the issue but demonstrates your seriousness about the problem.

It’s recommended that security training “should happen soon after a new employee starts and then be updated periodically,” according to Security Boulevard, “while also giving employees an understanding of the specific threats” your business might face. This way, they are far better prepared to identify threats and avoid making costly security errors.

Encourage employee participation in anti-cybercrime activities. As employees become more skilled at identifying potential threats—and, when necessary, report suspicious activities to your IT department—use these occasions to celebrate their efforts.

Remember, moving towards a company culture of cybersecurity isn’t a “one-shot” deal. Communications and training should be on any regular staff meeting agenda, and—if and when a specific threat appears—should be prominently addressed by team leaders and/or members of your executive team.

This attitude will make a huge difference in promoting a culture where everyone is constantly on guard against attempts by the “bad guys” to hack into your proprietary data or otherwise damage your data infrastructure.

What methods do you use to create a culture of cybersecurity for your business? Let us know!

Brett Del Prince
Baillie Lumber
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