By taking baseline measurements of current phishing vulnerability and cybersecurity awareness, firms can monitor the organization's development.
FREMONT, CA: The worldwide average cost of insider threats—including negligent workers or contractors, malicious insiders, and identity hackers posing as insiders—is 11.45 million dollars. Suppose businesses do not provide users with clear instructions on how they should behave under such conditions and inspire them to practice behaviors that support safety objectives. In that case, firms are equally responsible for any harm they cause.
Security knowledge has never been more essential. Since January 2020, there has been a 30,000 percent rise in phishing detected, malicious websites, and malware built to capitalize on the pandemic.
Here are four best practices for building a competent security awareness program.
1. Understand the Starting Point
The strength of the current security awareness program or security culture must first be determined to improve awareness training. Tools such as the Security Awareness Maturity Model developed through awareness-raising officers' collective efforts help businesses determine how mature (or naive) the program is and where one should take it.
By taking baseline measurements of current phishing vulnerability and cybersecurity awareness, firms can monitor the organization's development. Record the number of workers who fell victim to simulated phishing attacks, how many report suspicious emails, the total amount of security-related calls received by help desk analysts, and the rate of malware infections.
2. Take an All-In Attitude
Make it a corporate-wide initiative that involves buy-in from top to bottom and obtain adequate support for initial needs and continuing initiatives. Incorporate security into the overarching vision and mission of the company. Let workers know what is in it for them; they will be more invested if they realize that awareness-raising initiatives reach beyond organizational protection and defend against threats to their reputation and livelihoods.
4. Set Objectives and Be Flexible
Work with stakeholders to define key issues and risk factors in particular areas of the company and to establish a schedule of events to resolve them over time. Set realistic, incremental targets and be prepared to make adjustments if initial methods fail to yield effective results
4. Consider the Corporate Culture
Work with senior management and staff to build a plan that integrates your security awareness program with the current organizational culture. Key factors include the sector, the employees' demographics, and what is important to various places, divisions, and positions.
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