Increasing cyber confidence in the workplace

Published: 11th August 2021

Increasing cyber confidence in the workplace

When it comes to staying secure in the cyber world there’s a lot to consider and the majority of people don’t have the knowledge and technical know-how to understand all of the risks and protect themselves and their organisations from them. That’s why many business leaders simply hire cybersecurity companies to do the work for them, without really understanding what it is that they’re doing and why.  

With the massive shift to working from home, organisations had to become more aware of cyber risks due to employees logging onto shared systems from homes across the country and beyond. This left many companies more vulnerable to a cyber-attack or data breach and digital fraud levels are at an all-time high thanks to this.

Organisations who have leaders and employees who understand cyber risks and the impacts that these can have on a business are able to move forward together to protect their business at all stages. So, how can organisations make cyber security more easy to understand?

Simplicity in cyber security

One of the things that puts many people off the subject of cyber security and everything that goes along with it is all of the jargon and technical terms that are used. The vast majority simply don’t understand all the ins and outs of the digital world and using language that doesn’t explain things simply means most people shut down and become disinterested because it’s seemingly too complicated to understand.

Using simpler language, properly explaining risks and using relatable examples for situations that could occur is a much better way of communicating cyber security risks to the masses and thus making them more informed and better able to protect their devices and thus their organisation.

Once organisational leaders understand the threats that they face in the cyber world and how these can impact things like confidentiality, privacy, disruption of trading, loss of business and reputational damage they realise the importance of cyber security and begin to think about this differently.

When leaders begin to reframe their thoughts about cybersecurity they can place the importance of staying safe digitally at the heart of everything an organisation does. This means including it within every policy, having procedures in place that keep every device and programme secure and ensuring every staff member knows exactly what they can and can’t do in line with cybersecurity policies and why.

Placing such significance on cybersecurity and making it central to everything will ensure an organisation is as protected against potential digital threats and hacks as possible.

In today’s world there are more cyber security threats than ever before and the digital landscape is constantly changing. Taking a human-centric approach to cyber security and making everyone aware of the risks that come with poor cyber security and not following policies and processes helps more people understand the risks that organisations face. It also helps to foster a unified approach to cyber security and ensure that everyone is willing to do their part to keep data safe and protected from hackers and data breaches.