Having up-to-date information security policies, procedures and protocols in place is just one aspect of protecting your company’s data, customers’ information and employees’ records from potential information security threats. In reality, your information security measures are only as good as your employees’ understanding of them.
Weaving information security into the corporate culture and providing targeted and ongoing education to staffers is important. Additionally, ensuring rank-and-file personnel know what’s expected of them are all crucial steps to lower your organization’s risk of unauthorized access or other security attacks.
Key Points to Include in Training and Ongoing Discussions
Review your existing training and communications around information security. Do those materials include the following information?
Start your communications, training and discussions by explaining why your organization needs an Information Security program to protect the information it captures and processes.
Help employees understand the potential vulnerabilities and risks. You don’t need to look too far into recent events to find real examples of companies who are now dealing with the fallout of inadequate Information Security programs.
Explain to employees that misuse or loss of the company’s data can have devastating consequences for the company. By extension, these risks could have very real implications for employees too. Some of the consequences of loss, misuse or compromise include:
- Unwanted disclosure of the company’s or its clients’ regulated information or other sensitive data
- Disruptions in operations mean lost business and revenues
- Reduced productivity while resources and efforts are redirected to address the breach
- Negative press which can result in long-lasting damage to the company’s reputation
- Risk of losing clients and sales to competitors
- Financial implications for the company, including liability damages
Why do Information Security Efforts Fail, Despite Leader’s Best Efforts?
In any organization, in spite of best efforts to implement failure-proof Information Security programs, failures can still occur.
All too often, failure is simply the result of a lack of the corporation’s commitment to a culture of security. In some of these companies, there are not sufficient resources devoted to security issues out of a misguided perception that the company isn’t at risk. In other companies, the organizational structure is to blame. When departments are too “siloed”, the lack of communication and cooperation between departments can magnify vulnerabilities.
Companies may also underestimate how attractive their organization is to would-be attackers, failing to realize or emphasize the importance.
Make Training Understandable
It’s not enough to simply provide a mandatory one-time training class or module for all employees. If participants don’t understand the risk or are overwhelmed by language that is too technical in nature, that knowledge gap could easily be exploited by criminals.
Finally, give concrete examples that employees can relate to, and discuss how various events should be handled.
Leverage Intrinium’s Thought Leadership and Experience to Enhance Your Company’s Information Security Program
Ensuring information security becomes a regular part of your organization’s culture is one of the most important things you can do to lower your risk of loss. Engaging Intrinium Information Technology Solutions, an experienced Information Security Consulting firm, can provide the peace of mind you need, knowing you can leverage the thought leadership the firm has amassed by helping hundreds of other companies with their networking and information security needs.
To learn more, and to find out how Intrinium can help your organization keep its data safe, contact us online or call us at 866-461-5099 today.