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How to Create a Security-Conscious Environment in Your Information-Sensitive Business

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Security systems have developed far beyond what they were intended to do. The technologies are modernized, and there is a vast array of products and services that can do the best job of protecting data and information. These are great for any business; still, corporations are far from being ‘secure’. 

The reason can be faulty systems and their vulnerabilities. Not another day passes by, and articles about faulty apps and security systems are highlighted in the news. However, a significant liability is also on an undereducated workforce who lacks the information of protecting themselves and their corporations. The apparatuses are advanced, but the operators are untaught. Hence, if you strive to spread a better and secured environment in your company, the following tips can help:

Train and Test

The number one step into educating employees on business products, services, and security operations is the right amount of training. In a corporation, there will be all kinds of people on different ranks and skills. Some, for example, on the IT team, will know a little more about the importance of security measures to safeguard a company. 

Hence, every person will have their own set of understandings and will only be able to do what they can. Instead of taking the employees to the advanced lesson on the first training, it’ll be best to start small and target the least intellectual and also the highest. As soon as an employee enters the frim, make sure to begin their training and help them learn the tricks before holding them accountable. 

In order to make your trainings count and help the employees settle the ideas of each session, a useful trick is testing and questioning. Testing won’t only help the employees remember important details but equip them with cybersecurity skills to tackle real-life situations as well. After each session, prepare a set of questions or surprise test employees by asking them to display a practical demonstration of the training provided to them. 

Bring in Gadgets

Best security practices can’t be practiced without the right apparatuses for the company. Basic security training is great, and everything as they teach email threats, phishing, and hacking handling techniques; however, the use of diverse security gadgets must also be taught and provided. The right amount of security technologies can never hurt an enterprise but make the employees more skilled and show your company as a leader that no one can put their hands on. 

These gadgets can include biometrics access systems (not just at the entry), video surveillance over each office, security cables, or USBs for locking each computer to be only accessed by designated employees, sensors, network protectors, and secure data sharing platform such as Firmex Vitual Data Room. Every firm must employ these new technologies in addition to several others to help employees ensure overall security for themselves and the corporation as well. 

Let Employees Have Fun

Most company employees mainly only show dedication to their work, like lower task holders, and may not have the time or interest in taking part in the training. They already may have a lot on their plate, and getting training on top of work may not be their favorite pass time. So they may repel the practice or not be able to show the best of their interest. 

As a consequence, they aren’t able to learn and implement security measures. Making the training fun can be a significant upgrade while advocating everybody’s attention and interest beyond the training. Of course, this demands some creativity and thinking out of the box, but the results can be satisfactory. Instilling fun can bring the company workforce closer to each other and not just indulge in participation. 

Security experts tell us that PowerPoint presentations and automated videos can be quite boring for many employees. They should be alternated with activities like security trivia, exciting workshops targeting one security area at a time, for example, email phishing, games, and bringing in security personalities. 

Reward on Consistencies

Lastly, when an employee or a team or department makes a great effort in conducting security and the advice on training to the full projection, make sure that they get rewarded. Its simple human phycology that rewards and recompenses drive more attention and hard work. Hence, setting rewards at the end of training or on consistencies of employees can encourage them to better themselves. 

Doing this can also promote other employees and push them toward attaining better results than the previously rewarded teams. At the end of each training, motivate and thank each employee for their participation with a few words or motivating gestures. Placing a reward, including money or service, can not only motivate employees; it is a return on investment as they seek to target higher performance in security. Rewarding employees can also mean you becoming a higher person and getting closer to them. Also, never shame an employee in front of others or on little mistakes as it can surely demotivate them. 

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John Pallister