If the last few months have taught Benjamin anything, it is that security has never been more challenging than it is today.
As technology continues to make huge strides toward innovation, security threats also continue to expand. Contrary to popular belief and the belief of many of Benjamin’s colleagues, security is not just a challenge for IT teams or IT officers anymore.
Security is now everyone’s concern.
So, how does Benjamin get everyone on his team to realize the importance of protecting information and data and ensuring their devices and access to company and customer information is secure?
Here are the 5 best practices that will help spread awareness among team members and make security everyone’s business:
1. Educate users
The first line of defence against security threats for any company is to teach people how to work safely from any location on any device. They also need to be taught the immediate steps to take in case of a security breach. The IT team must hold workshops on the same and have a 24-hour helpline that employees can contact at all times.
2. Engage with line-of-business organizations
Close working relationships between IT executives and line-of-business managers are an essential component for effective security. Not only should they get along well together, but they should also be able to trust each other in the event of an insider-led breach.
3. Take a modern and mobile look at security policies
Most companies adopt graduated policies that protect sensitive information more carefully than public information and provide less access from consumer-grade and “bring your own devices” (BYOD) than from more thoroughly “locked down” enterprise-grade devices.
4. Enforce policies fairly and consistently
Policies must be maintained and kept current with the business. Security leaders must also enforce policies fairly and consistently.
5. Automate security seamlessly
Security protocols must be clearly communicated, and more importantly, must be automated so that no individual can manipulate records or get unnecessary or illegal access. This also helps eliminate the element of human error.
For IT professionals and security leaders, understanding the best strategies and tactics to use to ensure security success is necessary. These five practices are the best to take to ensure your firm’s information is secure.