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How to Create Cybersecurity Culture According to an IT Professional

TechInAfrica – Cybersecurity is respectively still a new term considering that it was first found in 1989 and since then, the term keeps evolving until today we know the term, cybersecurity.

The needs to have protected networks from threats have expanded due to the hacking activities and cybercrime that keep happening every day. These activities are still occurring because hackers and cybercriminals keep their pace with technology while users get their guard off, meaning that they don’t keep up with the technology.

Most people who use devices, networks, systems, and the Internet don’t understand or aware of how risky they are while accessing these unprotected networks. However, many businesses nowadays have understood the situation and look out to strengthen their system and network. Yet, they also need to make sure that their staff who operate the system and networks understand the risks and know how to prevent them.

Simeon Tassev, Managing Director and Qualified Security Assessor at Galix Networking
Simeon Tassev, Managing Director and Qualified Security Assessor at Galix Networking via techcentral.co.za

According to Simeon Tassev, Managing Director and Qualified Security Assessor at Galix Networking, there are several things business organizations need to make sure in order to create cybersecurity culture:

Two-ways Authentication

To prevent networks from hackers and cyber criminals, you need to have strong protocols and firewalls in your devices and systems. These might be annoying to some extent because it would take several steps, but are needed to protect the systems and networks.

Usually, technology application vendors and social media use two-way authentication as their cybersecurity. Moreover, username, password, and one-time password PIN for identity verification also help to prevent the risks.

Separate Personal and Business Devices

Even though an organization knows well the risks, if they don’t separate personal and business devices, the risks are still there. Most people are connected to their devices like smartphone, laptop or wearable devices and integrated into business networks.

Every device you use to enter business’ networks has a potential to be an open door for a hacker gets through the business network. Thus, the business needs to have such control of every device that enters their IT environment.

Create a security culture

Cybersecurity should be a concern to everyone since we are in the age where we rely so much on the advance of technology. As for business organizations, they can ensure their staff understand the risks and furthermore, can create cybersecurity culture in their businesses.

Cybersecurity

To create a security culture in your business organizations, there are several steps you should take, including:

  1. Risks assessment: As risks could be varies across businesses, this should be done in collaboration between the business, information security, operational security, and other relevant legislation and liability officers.
  2. Priority: The focus should be spared on the priority first, which is in the critical areas.
  3. Risks awareness. The business should make sure that their staff constantly aware of the risks, new threats, and the damage potential either it’s personal or business. Furthermore, they should also know how to protect themselves every day.
  4. Risks training: It should be done regularly as a backup to the risks awareness and should work in accordance to prevent cyber attacks.
  5. Awareness of data security legislation: it’s a part of risks training and security controls, helping users to understand what to protect in the business as well as understand their rights in terms of their own data.
  6. Incident management: also including cybersecurity management that should be reviewed, tested, and updated regularly by businesses to ensure it covers all the bases. Moreover, everyone in the business will also understand their role and what should be done when the incident occurs.

It’s vital for technology users to understand the risks and how to prevent incidents like personal data theft and frauds.

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