ackers are becoming bolder and more sophisticated, and the risks of identity theft, fraud and other attacks are very real, no matter how big or small your organization is.

Lively brainstorming sessions are a good way to build a cyber-savvy culture in your company.

You only have to watch the news these days to see how much damage a lack of cyber security can do. Whether it’s the latest Minecraft account hack, identity theft or Hillary’s emails becoming the core focus of a political debate, it’s never been more important to keep your electronic information safe.

Here are a few top tips that you can use to inspire your employees to build a secure digital organization.

1. Educate First

You would be surprised, but even as we near two decades into the new millennium, and even as we use computers, tablets, smartphones and more in every aspect of our daily lives, that many people still don’t understand the need for security.

A quick poll of your staff may reveal a surprising lack of understanding of issues like phishing, malware, Trojan horses and hacking, and a quick crash course might be the first thing you need to get everyone thinking of security.

2. Provide the Tools

Making everyone security aware is a good start, but without the tools to keep their online activities secure, even your most conscientious employees may struggle.

Make sure that your servers are secure, your website has an SSL certificate, and all your anti-virus and malware systems are up to date all the time. If you need to limit online activities, speak to your IT department about solutions, and draw up in house cyber security policies. Last, but not least, make sure that you have an automated backup system set up, so that you can protect your data in the event that your network is compromised.

3. Make It Competitive

One of the biggest buzzwords in corporate culture these days is “gamification” and if you can find ways to make cyber security fun and competitive, you will find that your employees are more likely to stick to the rules, and even introduce new ideas of their own. Monthly cyber security awards or lively security brainstorming sessions are a great way to get employees engaged and dialed in to your security needs.

4. Don’t Overcomplicate Things

Yes, Linux is immune to viruses… but the average employee isn’t going to learn it. Nor are they going to follow complex procedures to maintain security. Make your security protocols as simple as possible, and build fail safes into the process, so that even if things go wrong, you can limit the damage. For instance, you can automate computers to require password resets on a fixed schedule, so even if your employees aren’t careful with their passwords, you limit the window of risk.

5. Encourage Questions

Very often, people will avoid asking questions about things, because they’re afraid of looking less intelligent or aware. However, being embarrassed to ask questions just leaves your company vulnerable to cyberattacks. Host open forums where people can ask questions, or if you prefer, create a question box, where employees can ask their questions anonymously.

The fact is, cybercrime isn’t going anywhere. Hackers are becoming bolder and more sophisticated, and the risks of identity theft, fraud and other attacks are very real, no matter how big or small your organization is. Spend time and money preventing the problem, rather than dealing with the fallout.

 

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