By Jason Hoenich on Nov 28, 2018
The internet doesn’t stand still, and as security needs and threats evolve and change, your security policies must keep pace. Whether your organization is embracing the BYOD (bring your own device) philosophy or hiring more remote workers, your security awareness policies need to be flexible and agile.
There are many different ways that a cybercriminal can hack into your system, and as quickly as gaps are filled and patches deployed, they’re looking for a new way in. Here are a few pro tips for making sure your organization’s security policy is able to evolve to meet changing security needs.
Track Security Trends
One of the main components of your security policy should be constantly tracking cybersecurity trends. Here are a few ways to track trends:
- Join LinkedIn groups focused on security awareness for CISOs.
- Talk regularly to colleagues who are trained in security awareness.
- Read blog articles and subscribe to blogs that track security trends.
Get Everyone on Board
If you ask most executives, they’ll probably tell you their company’s data is well protected and that IT has it under control. But the onus shouldn’t be on IT alone, which has long been siloed in compliance. Today’s workplace is extremely complex, and vulnerabilities are becoming harder and harder to predict and track.
Getting company-wide buy-in on security awareness programs is important for ensuring that everyone is invested in any and all security policies. Encourage your employees to help track security trends and to report concerns and breaches to IT, which can turn disconnected employees into security awareness champions. Involve the C-suite in risk assessments and security awareness program planning and training.
When everyone from the top down has a vested interest in risk and compliance, internal confidence about security will skyrocket and best practices will become second nature.
Tackle Changing Technologies
With so many employees using their own devices from remote locations at varying hours of the day, it’s growing increasingly harder for security professionals to manage policy updates. If your security policy and programs aren’t heavily focused on the three prime areas of greatest risk, you need to take a step back and integrate them immediately. The three areas are:
- Social media
- Mobile devices
- Cloud services
These three technologies evolve at a lightning pace, and threats are a moving target. Focusing on how these three technologies converge and evolve is crucial to making sure that your security policy is agile and able to change dynamically. Here are some tips for each:
Social technology is hacking humans, so you’ve got to be proactive and understand how each social network is changing. This will ensure you can deliver best practices and training so employees aren’t clicking on phishing links or engaging with nefarious accounts and putting your data at risk. Include social media in your security policy by establishing guidelines for its use and focusing on prevention of data loss. These educational components are easily delivered through educational security awareness training programs.
According to a study by Syntonic, 87 percent of companies rely on workers using their personal devices to access business apps, and 81 percent of businesses either have embraced or plan to embrace the BYOD workplace.
Most companies embrace BYOD policies because they’re trying to prevent employees from going around security policies and exposing data to cybercriminals. However, in most cases, employees don’t have the right training or know-how when it comes to using public internet connections to conduct sensitive business, losing their phones, sharing passwords, and engaging in other high-risk activities. Unsurprisingly, Cisco’s 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report concludes that the most challenging areas for security professionals to defend are mobile devices and human behavior.
As BYOD practices become the norm, it’s important that your security policies and awareness training programs are in step with current trends and that your employees have the training and tools they need to avoid being hacked.
Nowadays, most cloud offerings are incredibly secure. The problem is having to worry about what your employees are doing with those cloud services. It’s important to make sure you’ve got solid policies in place about sharing permissions, access, and acceptable use.
If you’re ready to get your security policy in check and equipped to evolve with current security trends, then it’s time to launch a security awareness program to capture company-wide buy-in. Schedule a demo with Habitu8 now to see how our engaging videos are the now of security awareness training at your organization.