The Unknown Issues With Cybersecurity
It is next to impossible to ignore cybersecurity in the 21st century. Organizations need to pay close attention to cybersecurity issues that could severely affect their productivity.
In many cases, organizations have a dedicated department for managing cybersecurity concerns. But what about the rest of the organization? Are the leaders and support staff educated or trained sufficiently to understand the risks and precautions associated with cybersecurity? Do organizations have policies in place that hold employees responsible for their actions pertaining to cybersecurity? Which cybersecurity measures really need to be implemented for your organization?
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Cybersecurity Training And Standards
If cybersecurity is not your field of study, how can you determine what is needed to protect your organization from a cyberattack? Many professionals, including higher management, complain about a limited understanding of cyberspace and the risks that come with it. Your organization should make sure that training on cybersecurity is implemented during the onboarding process and throughout the year to ensure leaders and staff are up to date on the latest threats and precautions.
From my experience, many cybersecurity managers believe that their recommendations are often not implemented properly. This could be due to a lack of understanding and willingness to invest funds into something that decision-makers may not deem vital to the organization’s success.
The implementation of training is a good start in terms of making sure everyone in the organization has a good understanding of cybersecurity threats. Next, the organization should focus on creating policies to outline the required training and set behavior standards for all employees. This should include email activities, social media, shared drives and even remote work standards.
Cybersecurity requirements at every organization are different; you cannot have a one-size-fits-all policy. Seeking assistance from an established cybersecurity consultant is recommended for ensuring your business is protected. These policies must have consequences to make employees have a reason to do what is right. The organization will need to assign someone the task of enforcing these standards while making sure they have the proper authority to act on these policies.
Need For Realistic Cost-Benefit Analysis
A common mistake that I’ve found many cybersecurity professionals make is to apply the latest available cybersecurity tools with only a brief understanding of their enterprise’s particularities. This can result in the control measures not being cost-effective. Cybersecurity is evolving, and the world is witnessing newer threats as well as newer tools to prevent them. The truth is that not all the threats are applicable to every enterprise.
Secondly, the controls should be applied after a thorough analysis of risk in a particular environment. A threat may have varying implications for different enterprises. Therefore, a realistic cost-benefit analysis for any recommended control should be a basic requirement for every business. Remember that executives see every purchase in the light of cost-effectiveness with regard to productivity. The analysis should be quantifiable over just being a simplified gap analysis that lacks budgetary expenses and productivity goals.
To conclude, it can be said that effective cybersecurity is only possible when there is an atmosphere of trust between technical experts on cybersecurity and top management. To achieve trust, we should look for ways to remove communication barriers between the cybersecurity experts and the leadership in organizations.