Communication, Collaboration & Culture
More lucrative than the drugs trade, cybercrime is now worth 0.8% of the global economy. If cybercrime was a country, its GDP would rank 27th – above Singapore, Austria and Denmark.
Cybersecurity is now part of our daily lives and much like learning how to be street-smart, people of all ages rapidly need to learn how to be cyber-smart to stay safe. Much like the awareness programmes we deliver to the Enterprise, we work with schools to integrate cybersecurity awareness programmes for their staff along with their own initiatives on teaching children how to stay safe online.
A Effective communication is critical
According to SANS's 2016 Security Awareness Report, one of the biggest hurdles companies face when delivering secutity awareness programmes is that it is often carried out by those who have strong technical skills but relatively weak soft-skills. However a big part of any security awareness program depends on soft skills, particularly communication. Security awareness practitioners need to explain to people WHY awareness is important to them (so they care) and WHAT to do in simple terms they can understand. Good teachers, including those from the security industry, find a way of making a message resonate with those they're training. Security awareness touches everyone in the organization, so what you communicate and how you communicate to various stakeholders is critical to gain support, buy-in, and behavior change.
The target? An enduring security culture
The challenge for most organisations is first to achieve secure behavior, and then progress to creating an enduring, secure culture with effective ways to monitor, measure and demonstrate it.