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How do you improve cybersecurity in organizations in 2019?

Well, there is no easy answer to such a complex question – which is why it’s being asked in the first place. A recent report, Cybersecurity Guide for Leaders in Today’s Digital World, is an effective resource to help guide business leaders in the right direction when it comes to cybersecurity – and how to implement an effective plan.

Below are a few of our top takes from the report, and are solid foundational ideas to help create an effective cybersecurity plan in an organization of any size.

All Data Is Valuable

One of the most interesting facets of the report is that all data accessible by hacker is valuable data – because nearly all employees within an organization have access to data that hackers will find value in.

This can be a wide range of data – from passwords and network access, to email access for phishing or personal information that can be gathered and sold illegally. You don’t need to be working on top-secret projects for hackers to be interested in your data either – in fact, a lot of the data collected and sold might be information otherwise deemed unimportant to victims.

Data Breaches Come from Negligence + Phishing

The Hollywood idea of a hacker somehow going into a computer’s console and “hacking into the mainframe” is just that – a Hollywood idea. In the real world, most hacking is done via phishing scams and negligence – and most people don’t even realize they’d been compromised and are letting sensitive information through.

This is where proper training comes into play for your organization – it’s the only way to ensure lack of negligence and keep your data as secure as possible – from phishing scams to accidentally leaving insecure passwords written down around workstations.

A Proper Cyber Security Plan Includes All Employees

One of the facets of a successful cybersecurity program is the inclusiveness of all people within the organization – because the data a hacker can ascertain from a low-level employee may be just as valuable as the data secured from a C-level executive.

Every person within the company should be properly trained on – and cognizant of – cyber security best practices. Also, a top-down leadership approach, where executives openly and commonly talk about the importance of cybersecurity, is a step in the right direction towards creating a culture of security within an organization.

Engaged Training Is Successful Training

Cybersecurity plans don’t offer much protection if they’re not properly implemented, and that’s going to begin with training.

The report does dive into this aspect of a cybersecurity plan, and offers insight for managers and business leaders to improve their own cybersecurity training. At the core of this issue is improved engagement – and that’s a tough sell for all organizations trying to improve training in any facet of the business.

High-level tips for improved cybersecurity engagement and compliance include:

  • Making it a priority from the top-down
  • Create a plan accessible to all – not just IT and security folk
  • Offer incentive programs for improved engagement and morale
  • Break training up into smaller portions throughout the year
  • Put a single executive in charge of security to give the department a figurehead
  • Over communicate the importance of cybersecurity so it becomes normal

Next Steps for Improved Cybersecurity

There is no simple 10-step plan for world-class cyber security at an organization – it’s a constant work-in-progress. But, there are people out there who can help you ensure your program is up-to-date and as effective as possible.

Working with an IT consultancy like our team at NENS is the most effective way to ensure the technical aspects of your cybersecurity plan are in good hands. Our team of experts can offer the insight your organization needs to ensure top-notch security, and get your team started on the training they need to do their part in making cybersecurity a top priority.

Give us a call today to learn more about improving your cybersecurity and the culture of security at your organization.

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