Cybersecurity in the Workplace – It’s Everyone’s Business

No one wakes up in the morning expecting to be the target of a cyber attack on their company.

Every incident or breach starts with a cybercriminal making a decision about what to hack, whether through phishing an employee with privileged access or exploiting a software vulnerability. Either way, the hack works because of flaws in something a human does.

A large part of why hackers have been so successful thus far is that their opponents do not know the game they are playing or if they even know they are playing at all. Ignorance of the scope of cyberthreats and how they play into the average employee’s daily lives has allowed hackers to use the same basic techniques for years, which continue to work time after time. The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report notes that 4 percent of employees will click on phishing links—a low number to be sure—but, in an organization of 1,000 people, this still means that hackers have 40 opportunities to enter the system.

While security teams will always need constant vigilance to protect their systems, organizations can make their jobs easier by bringing regular employees up to speed on cyber threats because, in order to truly be a security-first organization, every single person at a company must be on board. While every person may never become a security expert, a little security savvy goes a long way and the benefits of a security-driven culture resonate far beyond the security operations center.

Ground floor to corner office security culture

A security-driven culture is a culture where security is embedded by default within every part of an organization from HR to operations to sales and beyond. People, processes and operations are all critical to keeping security top-of-mind when designing, executing and operating day-to-day business objectives.

This type of culture should provide safety and assurance that your business is less at risk than it was before. While there must always be a certain assumption of risk, by embedding the culture with tried and true security best practices, we can lower the risk quantity to an acceptable level. For organizations not infusing a security-first culture into their workplaces, they are not only elevating risk for their own business, but worse yet, their customers.

When done right, infusing security into your culture will actually speed up your pace of business. In order to avoid security negatively hindering effectiveness and speed, infusing security into the culture helps distribute and maintain an even process, resulting in more streamlined production, thus speeding time to market.

Designing a cultural makeover

So how do organizations begin to infuse a security-first culture? Education and general awareness training is a good start, even considering advanced training for more technical employees. Another key tactic is empowering and embedding security champions (people who are interested in security concepts) in every team throughout the company in order to advocate for security best practices and empower others to do so as well. Additionally, finding solutions that help automate security processes will ultimately make it easier to get teams to adopt and infuse security into their daily routines.

A good business is of the employees, for the employees by the employees. No one wants to be the cause of a breach, but they cannot expect to keep their company safe if they do not know the basics. CA Technologies is committed to helping businesses be safe online and it must start with the cooperation of a committed, security savvy workforce who will work to keep cyber threats at bay.


Tyler Shields
Tyler Shields is Vice President of Portfolio Strategy at CA Technologies. Prior to joining CA,…

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