Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity in the Workplace

As mobile devices become more sophisticated and everyday housewares turn “smart,” our personal data and information become more vulnerable. With commerce, government, and our personal lives moving online, the security of our data has never been more important–nor more threatened.

“The systems we rely on most for some of the nation’s most sensitive infrastructure, such as the power grid, manufacturing, oil and gas facilities, and water utilities, face cybersecurity threats we do not fully understand,” says Robert M. Lee, who specializes in threat intelligence research. “This leads to a gap in reporting that can be filled by “experts” with questionable experience and hyped-up metrics.”

According to security provider Digital Guardian, companies in the private sector lost upwards of $575 billion in 2015 as a result of phishing scams and hacking. Considering the magnitude of this loss, it is incumbent for workplaces to clamp down on oversharing and cultivate a culture of cybersecurity at the office.

Unfortunately there is a great deal of uncertainty on what the party line is, or what the best practices are when it comes to cultivating a workplace culture where company and employee data are kept safe and secure. Cybersecurity–what it is and how it should be established–confuses even the most tech-savvy among us.

According to a recent study called Hacking the Skills Shortage, most workplaces lack requisite cybersecurity skills and knowledge. The study’s findings only confirm how important it is to train and educate employees about your business’ cyber and digital security protocols. Luckily, employees don’t need to be IT or computer experts to learn how to use workplace internet in a safe and compliant way.

Check out the infographic below for some tips and pointers on preventing workplace data breaches and intrusions like hack attacks, phishing, and identity theft. Remember: with great connectivity, comes great responsibility.

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