Yes - You Can Lead a Security Culture Change
Executives Leverage SecuritySense to Persuasively Motivate the Entire Company
What’s the goal of security awareness? It certainly isn’t knowledge. It’s attitude and behavior change. Passing along information alone is never going to achieve your goal of a creating a more cyber-savvy employee mindset that governs reactions, choices and decisions.
Most CISOs, CSOs and their teams are doing everything there is to be done to mitigate risk but often fall short when it comes to energizing the company’s employees.
In addition to being the engine that allows your team to execute, SecuritySense offers you as a leader everything required to articulate a persuasive vision your company will respond to.
Awareness Training Isn't Enough Because Knowledge Is Not Enough
Think about it. Training and education isn’t enough because knowledge is not enough.
When we talk about “employee security awareness” we actually don’t mean that our people know about phishing or social engineering or understand the impact of ransomware. What we really mean by awareness is a new mindset. We hope the knowledge we give them converts into a motivation to engage more securely in the workplace.
When you only aim at knowledge, you’re not aiming high enough. Aim for true security awareness. Aim for a synergy of knowledge and persuasive motivation.
Is Your Risk Strategy Incomplete?
There are three strategies for mitigating the risk of employee behavior and negligence. Most companies have the first two covered but haven’t cracked the code on the third. The reason that this is a problem is because it means most companies aren’t aiming at the highest possible level of risk mitigation.
The first two strategies are foundational, task oriented and take a defensive posture. The last strategy is transformative, vision-oriented and takes an assertive posture. This is the strategy for driving a security culture change in your organization.
One of the things that makes your job tough is all that risk tied to employee behaviors and the choices they make as they go about their workday. Even with all the knowledge you’ve given them, the people in your company don’t always convert that information into the kind of cyber-savvy mindset you’re looking for.
Any major incident (a successful ransomware attack, say) will take the shine right off of your best laid plans and tend to discredit your overall risk strategy . That’s why you can’t afford to have an incomplete risk mitigation strategy.
Executing on persuasive motivation accomplishes three things for you:
Persuasive Motivation - Change Your Brand
It doesn’t need to be complicated but you have to articulate a vision if you want everyone to come together and share the responsibility for protecting the company. Otherwise it’s a pass/fail down to you and your team alone.
People will accept your message because you’re the leader, but that doesn’t mean they embrace your message. And embracing your message, your vision, is what you need to get people motivated and feeling a greater sense of sharing the security responsibility.
Is the security brand you have now the one you want?
Ask yourself 3 questions:
What does a good security brand vision look like?
Follow 3 Steps to Change Your Security Brand