Five Keys to Strengthen Your Information Security Culture
As information security threats continue to grow in scope and impact, companies must ensure their programs and culture are designed to defend against and mitigate damage from attacks.
When evaluating a program’s effectiveness, consider the following five questions:
Does Your Organization Have a Written Information Security Plan?
In order to be effective, your company’s information security plan needs to be written, and needs to be tailored to address the specific risks your organization faces. A significant component of your plan should be an information security policy geared toward employees, spelling out what workers can and cannot do using company devices, and how company and client information should be handled and maintained.
Because the types of threats companies face change over time, it is important to revisit your information security plan on a regularly-scheduled basis, adjusting as needed.
Does Your Information Security Program Have Support from the Top?
Companies whose senior executive leaders understand and truly support the organization’s information security plan are much more likely to have the resources they need to effectively mitigate risks.
A big part of obtaining this buy-in is educating executives on the breadth and depth of information security risks, and what a breach or attack could mean to the company, its shareholders, employees and clients. Being up-front about the risks and potential solutions can help IT departments get the support they need.
Have You Conducted an Honest Risk Assessment?
Before you can evaluate how well your information security program is addressing the risks your company faces, you need to conduct an honest, thorough risk assessment to measure your current information security posture.
This exercise may not be pleasant, and you may learn you have vulnerabilities and potential risks that weren’t on your team’s radar screen. However, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your current information security plan is the first step in protecting your company’s and client’s’ data.
Do You Have a Clear Vision of Where Your Program Should be?
Another key element to a successful information security plan is identifying what your ideal information security posture looks like. What steps and resources would you have in place in that ideal posture scenario?
Once you have identified where you are and where you want to be, you can structure your program and plan to achieve that ideal information security posture – and to stay there.
Does Your Program Include End User Security Awareness Training?
Finally, because your information security program is only as good as your employees, it is critical that all workers, including employees, contractors and temporary workers, understand the risks and understand their roles in protecting the company from attacks.
Communicate policies to employees both in writing and through other training means, providing real-world examples of ways attackers might seek to infiltrate your networks. As with any type of training, it’s also important to provide periodic reminders as time goes by.
Information Security Threats are Real. Intrinium Can Help.
Intrinium provides information security consulting and managed security services to a wide variety of organizations, including financial services, healthcare, retail, and state and local agencies. To learn more, contact us today.