Cybersecurity Training: How to Build a Company Culture of Cyber Awareness

When I attended new employee orientation at a global technology company several decades ago, I remember very brief cybersecurity training. The gist was to contact someone in IT if we noticed any potential issues. While I was with the company, I only thought about cybersecurity when I passed the server room, and I could only peek into that locked, dark room full of machines when one of the tech guys opened the door. Back then, I always felt that it was someone else’s job to keep our data safe. Time and experience have changed the way I look at things.

Over the past year, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to improve cybersecurity at businesses and agencies of all sizes. And research backs up my current assumption that companies are taking it seriously and passing on that message to employees. 

Almost every suggestion and solution comes back to one key concept — use cybersecurity training to create a culture where everyone feels cyber safety is part of their job and has the knowledge to protect the company’s data, infrastructure and apps.

5 Components of a Cybersecurity Culture

Creating the right culture seems somewhat nebulous. Where can you find a concrete road map to help build a mindset of digital safety?

This Infosec report is a good place to start. It also lets you see where other companies stack up in terms of how mature they are in their digital defenses and culture. 

These are the five domains outlined in the report — and what they mean:

Trust – Relationship between your workforce and your security practices and personnel
Responsibility – Employees’ perception of their ..

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