How To Make Cyber Security A Priority For Your Managers

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | May 17, 2017 01:30 am PST

Both the business and technology industry are growing and making new advancements. These new improvements, such as converged systems and cloud storage systems, while strikingly beneficial, also bring with them new risks. One of the rising risks is cyber security. With many companies taking advantage of new technology and running their business online, they have become larger targets for cyber hackers.

Investing in a cyber security program, whether in-house or outsourced to another company, is necessary for developing and conducting the appropriate safety measures that will ultimately protect an organization’s computer systems, networks, and confidential information. Having access to the best talent and technology is crucial for businesses and other institutions to keep up with and surpass the constant threat of cyber hackers. Some business owners and decision makers recognize the importance of cyber security and express that it should be a major priority for their business while others simply don’t see the urgency. As individuals strive to establish efficient and effective security protocols for their business, they may experience some opposition while trying to convince others in the company of its importance. Investing the time, effort, and talent into a security program can be expensive and this may deter other business leaders from wanting to establish a program. Some tips on how to communicate the importance of investing in topnotch cyber security solutions include using everyday language, consistently share information, sharing your knowledge, expressing that security is a part of everyone’s job, and equality is an important factor.

Everyday Language

Not all conversations that happen in the workplace need to be professional and formal. Every industry and every business has their own jargon that may seem hard to understand and doesn’t always make sense to those not working in that same sector. Business owners and decision makers should use everyday language when discussing the issue of cyber security to their fellow employees. Whenever possible owners should use terms that are understandable to all audiences. If this may not be possible, make sure to give clear definitions to terms and concepts to help the other person as much as possible.

Consistently Share Information

Every business creates some sort of routine with monthly meetings, quarterly finance reports, and yearly employee evaluations. Sometimes these large reports at the end of every quarter, month, or year become tedious and time consuming, however, in order to establish the importance of a cyber security program employees need to be constantly informed about its successes and failures. Another tip is to consider breaking these meetings down and sharing information weekly. Consistently reporting and monitoring also makes it easier to compile everything because everything has already been collected and organized. Adding cyber security to the lists of weekly reports can help keep the manager, owner and employees up to date on new developments.

Share Your Knowledge

There are many reasons people choose not to be invested in a certain element of business. When it comes down to it, it is often because they aren’t fully educated on the issue. To make cyber security a known issue within a business, owners and decision makers need to put in the extra work in order to help executives and employees understand why the cyber security of the business is so important. It is helpful to share news articles that discuss what other companies are doing and how they are protecting themselves. Additionally, presenting information on the increasing threat of cyber attacks and how they could impact the business is also a beneficial tactic to helping others see the importance of a good cyber security program.

Security is Part of Everyone’s Job

Within a business, there are multiple parts and people who help it work. There are the owners, the managers, the employees, and the customers. With all these different people, it is important to know who is in charge of what. A business can’t be dependent on just one person to worry about the cyber security and safety of the business. It takes everyone in the company working together to fully protect the business. It is important that everyone in the company knows the components of cyber security and how their roles fit into the business’s security. Making sure everyone understands these necessities will help business owners and decision makers cultivate a business community that is capable of combating cyber threats.