Cybercrime has become a global “pandemic” – in fact, PwC documents that it is the second most reported crime worldwide. So sophisticated are its leaders, strategies, and digital tools that it has evolved into “cybercrime as a service.” It is costing organizations $600 billion annually, triggering compliance fines, alienating customers, and damaging brands.
These alarming headlines have pushed organizations to concentrate on defensive measures. However, too often leaders overlook the internal cultural changes that can significantly mitigate their exposure.
Priorities are the Culture
Culture has become a popular buzzword, taking on many meanings. However, in terms of managing organizations, “culture” has a simple definition: The impact of a company’s priorities on how things get done. Those priorities force people into habits—some good, some that can create vulnerabilities.
The proven way organizations, large and small, can go on the offense is to create a culture of security awareness. This allows them to protect their network security at a time when operations require more and more third-party software support. A Verizon Enterprise study found that 73% of security breaches are caused by a third-party component. A secure enterprise/vendor relationship is built on policies, procedures, and personnel habits that limit risk.
Promote these five habits to develop a culture of security awareness:
Offense changes the game
Among the best practices for establishing the “right” culture for being on the offense are the four must-dos:
Creating a culture of awareness is the best way to mitigate security risks. You have a host tools and talented personnel dedicated to DEFENSIVE strategies. Now it’s time to involve the entire organization – because a strong OFFENSE changes the game.
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