Bridging Cyber Security Knowledge Gaps within Organisations
Why cyber security should be a part of your strategy for business success.
As technology becomes more and more advanced, now more than ever businesses are able to better connect with their customers, internal staff and other businesses. But with increased connection comes increased risk, as shown by the spate of recent data breaches worldwide.
It’s common for cyber security to feel like an enigma within an organisation. Other departments may not understand the role it plays or how a seemingly small security issue like a leaked password can turn into a big time problem. It may also be a struggle for some to comprehend how much a business will be impacted by a cybersecurity breach - operationally, financially and legally.
So what are the top ways that organisations can become more cyber savvy across the board and understand the importance of cybersecurity infrastructure? Read on to find out.
- Alignment of cyber security and business goals
C-Suite and leadership need to see cyber security not just as a compliance requirement and defensive measure but as a strategic imperative for their business. Taking the time to align cybersecurity and wider business goals can fuel innovation, bolster customer trust, and help to achieve positive business outcomes.
- Communication between cyber security and other departments
Good communication is vital for security teams to be able to articulate the value of their initiatives to leadership and C-Suite as well as interdepartmental team members. By helping non-security colleagues understand the importance and context behind protocols that affect them day to day, compliance, morale and working dynamics can be improved as well.
- Education across the board
The best way to bridge any knowledge gap is with better education. Organisations can offer cybersecurity training and workshops to employees across all levels of the business. Different organisational departments, IT and cyber would also benefit from set meetings where participants are encouraged to ask questions, are educated on how to recognise cyber threats and on what to do when encountering suspicious activity.
In summary, for cyber initiatives and departments to be effective, corporations need to have alignment between business and cyber security outcomes, ensuring that everyone understands the work at hand and is invested in it. Cyber security is not just about compliance - it’s about safe, secure and successful business outcomes that are not only the responsibility of the cyber team but everyone’s in an organisation.
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