Cybersecurity Takes a Village

You have heard the phrase, “it takes a village” with reference to raising a child.  With cybersecurity now impacting all lines of business productivity, customer trust, and financial well-being, we can now make the claim that IT cybersecurity takes the village to maintain and support.

Imagine a world where your front line people are getting shot at by high-powered weapons all day, and each bullet has only a 0.1% chance of finding the target and killing them.  I would say, without any facts, that they appear to be well protected.

What if they are being shot at 100,000 times per day.  0.1% means that they will get hit 100 times a day, and probably die.

Village Cybersecurity

It takes a village to be cybersafe. What does that mean?

Everyone in the company should have an unobstructed path that includes incentives for communicating security holes.  Too often, IT folks and leaders treat a “concerned employee” call as something along the likes of a false fire alarm.

That is not OK.

People should feel empowered knowing they can pull the fire alarm and there will be an orderly event that keeps everyone safe.  If their own safety is compromised by reporting, there is no way that they will take your safety seriously.

Everyone should get their level of cybersecurity expertise checked frequently, no differently than police officers and fireman are drug screened.  It just makes sense, for it only takes one errant click to create a security incident.

Everyone who interacts with the system should feel informed about what their company’s security policy is, and why they have it.  If they don’t know, they won’t care, and if they don’t care, their compliance is at risk.

Your network needs to be smart, up to date and be as matter of factual as you speed dial for your babysitter.  Or, for your network security guy.

The Network Team has an incredibly low-cost option to help train your employees in cybersecurity. Call us.  Your network needs a plan and a thoughtful implementation that includes fire alarms and drug testing.

 

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