Six Methods for Improving Employee Cybersecurity Compliance

Cybersecurity compliance is a significant concern for most enterprises, as many breaches happen because of poor employee implementation of security protocols. Employees can overlook a company’s procedures because they don’t see them as necessary. And a number of employees treat their work data the same as they would treat their home data, which can potentially lead to significant security breaches.

So how can a company make sure its employees understand the need for being secure when dealing with information coming from the internet, and then act accordingly? Below, members of Forbes Technology Council offer insights on what methods businesses can use to incorporate—and encourage—proper cybersecurity protocols in their corporate environments. Here’s what members recommend:

1. Educate About Risks And Solutions

One way to help reduce threat vectors is to educate employees on the types of security breaches that are active today and what measures the employee can take to mitigate them. The rise of subtle social engineering-based attacks, which include a broad range of malicious activities, leverages human interaction and psychological manipulation to trick employees into making security mistakes or giving away sensitive information. Employees must have a helpful mindset in both employee-to-employee and employee-to-customer interactions. However, the employees need to understand the delineation between being helpful versus being deceived during in-person and electronic interactions.

2. Provide Scenarios And Examples

One of the best ways to help improve buy-in and compliance is to demonstrate “virtual” scenarios of cybercrime, hacking and other related activities to your employees. Doing so helps them understand how it is done, the damage that can take place, and the amount of effort to address and resolve the issue. Once aware, most—if not all—employees will become better engaged in prevention, and further communication. Without this total awareness, most employees will simply dismiss the topic and believe it won’t happen to them.

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