Cyber Security Tools & Best Practices

When it comes to cyber security, policies and training set the expectations within your employee population. We’re not talking about watching a 5-minute video during onboarding and then never thinking of it again. To protect their most valuable data, organizations need to pay close attention to their cybersecurity programs, communicate expectations to employees, and implement their strategies in day-to-day activities.

Three Keys to a Cyber Security Initiative for your Workforce

Communication

This is going to help your tone from the top, it’s going to make your mid-level and your kind of operation-level employees understand that every level of your organization takes this seriously. It presents a united front, so that if an email comes in for one of the targeted phishing or spear phishing attacks via email, every single person in the organization can understand what’s expected of them with regard to clicking on those links or opening unknown attachments.
 
How do you do this? It can be as simple as recording an iPhone video from your dealer principal saying,

“This matters to me. It matters to me because it has implications on our business. It has implications for our employees. And it has implications for our customers. So we’re responsible for making sure that they have a fantastic customer experience and that includes protecting their sensitive information.”

Policies & Training

Your policies and training set the expectations within your employee population. It’s going to establish it a priority within your workforce. Overall compliance training, specifically on a topic as important as cyber security, isn’t something that you just address at on-boarding and then never think of again.
 
Your training strategy needs to rely on an ongoing cadence, communicating your expectations to employees and making sure that they understand these are actual strategies they need to employ in their day-to-day activities. Ongoing training will have a significantly better outcome than just a piece of information they touch once and put it away. It helps ensure the program is something that people feel responsible for living up to.

HR Support

Technology evolves rapidly, and your HR team needs some place to turn to ask questions. For example, a lot of states have their own specific privacy information requirements. Or, your team needs a really great bring-your-own-device policy customized for your organization – hitting the culture and the tone of your industry that would really resonate with your employees. Your team needs resources to make sure they have all of their bases covered.  

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Cyber Security Resources

Here are our most recent tools to help you stay up-to-date on cyber security  initiative best practices.

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    In the digital era, cyber breaches are a top threats to organizations. Hear from a panel of industry veterans discuss how to protect your company.
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    95% of security incidents recognize ‘human error’ as a contributing factor - which means training your staff is critical.

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