Cyber security in the workplace

Posted on: October 10, 2016 | By: Christina Bonds | Filed under: Data & Identity, Info Security

ncsamWelcome to week 2 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and its focus on creating a cyber security culture in the workplace. Both private and public sector organizations should realize their employees need to be constantly thinking about cyber security as they log into online systems, perform simple tasks like checking emails, and as they work away from the office using mobile devices.

Every organization should want a culture a cyber security because when everyone in the organization understands the need to keep data and networks secure, each person becomes more watchful, attentive, and alert.  So how can an organization maintain a culture of cyber security in the workplace?

Security awareness training

One way to maintain a cyber security culture is through awareness training.  For both new and existing employees, it is important to make them aware of security issues and threats and ways to prevent them.  Create training to remind them of existing policies and procedures and make them aware of new or recently updated policies.  A good understanding of policies and procedures helps to ensure the cyber security culture stays strong.

Keep cyber security a top priority

Another way to maintain a cyber security culture is to keep cyber security a priority.  Discuss with employees unfortunate security breaches other organizations are currently facing.  Learning how the incidents happened can help an organization prevent a similar incident and presenting that knowledge to everyone in the organization will keep the cyber security culture strong in the workplace.

Follow Elon Technology on Facebook and Twitter – we’re posting a cyber security tip each day in October. You can also follow #CyberAware, the official hashtag for NCSAM. Read more Security and Safe Computing tips on the Elon Technology blog. 


Christina Bonds

Christina Bonds, CISSP, is an Application Developer at Elon University

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