Building a security-friendly culture
Errors happen, mistakes are made each day. Any person could reuse old passwords, end up clicking a suspicious link in an email, or overlook vulnerabilities in their code. Even though preventing security breaches should be the focus in the first place, it is also important to think about what has to be done after a security breach.
This is why, at Openprovider we are working towards establishing an active security culture within the team, inside our company, in any internal communication, and for our customers. And we take it seriously.
The first thing we can do in the event of a security breach is to try to minimize the time of the breach and find out what happened. To achieve this, the team must be able to recognize potential security breaches, and this is only possible by creating a strong culture that encourages you to recognize and report any potential security breaches.
Everyone must understand that mistakes are possible and can happen. Moreover, if we are afraid that a violation has occurred, this doubt should be reported immediately. It can be a serious problem and, therefore, it is necessary to find a solution as quickly as possible, rather than trying to hide it. Such an attitude within the team can only be achieved if there is a blameless culture and, from the psychological side, a sense of general security because the team together knows about these potential situations. This is part of the work that needs to be done in order to inoculate these feelings and attitudes within the team.
It is also important to take on account that implementing a security culture in an organization should follow a framework to ensure success. Like in any project: You have to set goals and measure to ensure progress, you have to involve the right people to help you understand your audience and build trust and commitment. Also, you should choose specific activities that best suit your organization and its needs, and then plan and execute while measuring the impact. It’s mandatory to learning from the process in order to improve. And surely, there will be situations in which you will activate the protocols because, as we have mentioned: mistakes happen.
You can find more resources, examples, and ideas on how to implement a lasting security culture within an organization on the Security Framework Community Site.
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