As data breaches and other forms of cyber warfare continue to hit the headlines, it becomes clearer that the problem isn’t just in having “enough” cybersecurity in place, but that a culture of security doesn’t exist. As a company nestled somewhere within the sphere of cybersecurity, I sometimes forget that building a business with a cybersecurity culture is a luxury that not all companies have. But that doesn’t mean they can’t achieve it.
Getting Everyone On Board to Make Cybersecurity Culture the Norm
The first step in building up cybersecurity culture within your organization is to make sure everyone has a say in what’s going on. Every senior executive, from your CISO to HR, needs to have a voice in cybersecurity. This way, they all understand how important it is, how it affects what they do, and how they can help minimize risk. Equal participation across the company means that everyone understands what’s at risk, and has a stake in successfully building up that culture of security.
Stop Worrying About Outside Threats
It may seem counter-intuitive, but the best way to build up your cybersecurity culture is to stop worry about hackers and focus on your employees. A vast majority of data breaches occur because an employee is compromised, be it from social engineering or weak passwords. Eliminate the threat by educating workers on best practices, how to detect a phishing attempt and other weaknesses within the company.
Educating your employee-base is only part of it though. Another thing you have to consider is that nearly a quarter of breaches are also perpetrated by insiders. Focus on improving your accountability and capacity to know who has access to what, and when they access it. Improved identity and access management with transaction signing and similar improvements will allow you to not only see what’s going on within your network, but who is involved with every action.
Adopt Strong Authentication
One of the best ways to reduce the risk of insider threats, data breaches, and similar vulnerabilities is to change how you authenticate employees. Passwords, PINs, and even tokens don’t provide enough visibility into who is doing what within your network. That’s why more companies are deploying biometric authentication as part of their identity and access management infrastructure. Biometrics prove who you are, not just that you know the “special password” to gain access. By proving identity, you can gain all the visibility needed to secure access control and promote a stronger cybersecurity culture to all employees.