Some businesses assume that having the correct technology and processes is all they need to be secure. They are, however, forgetting their most powerful defence: their people.
Employees are the quickest and easiest way for hackers to gain access to company data. Given this, it’s critical that everyone in your company be on high alert.
Employees, on the other hand, can’t be cautious if they don’t know what to look for. It’s your job to make sure they’re ready for the eventual phishing scam, ransomware assault, or public Wi-Fi breach.
A Cybersecurity Change Management Plan
Your company’s cybersecurity should not be improved solely as a result of an ERP implementation. Cybersecurity is a never-ending fight that necessitates a long-term change management strategy.
You can put in place all the cybersecurity control frameworks you want, but as soon as an employee clicks on a phishing link, your processes will be rendered ineffective. That’s why, in addition to technological frameworks, you’ll need clear communication and ongoing best-practices training.
Why Do Employees Need to Know About Cybersecurity?
1. The “Old Ways” are simple to follow.
Consider a world where you don’t have to update your passwords and can “work from home” at your local coffee shop. When employees adopt new cybersecurity practises, they must leave this world behind.
This is not a loss to be taken lightly. Employees must be persuaded to change their habits for convincing reasons. To put it another way, you should underline the necessity of cybersecurity and the consequences of a security breach.
2. Cybersecurity is a Way of Life
Annual trainings are insufficient. The tactics for hacking electronics are becoming more sophisticated as well. Employees must learn to spot possible risks in all shapes and sizes as new vulnerabilities emerge on a daily basis.
Your company should create a continual training plan that addresses the many types of threats that each department can face. Some companies go as far as simulating cyberattacks so that staff can learn from their mistakes, which is frequently the most effective method of learning.
3. There are a Lot of Access Points
The rising usage of mobile devices and cloud technology has created a new difficulty for businesses wanting to protect their data. Employees can now access this information from anywhere using their mobile phones, which are subject to malware and corrupted programmes, as well as Wi-Fi hacking.
It’s not difficult, though, to provide staff with the knowledge they need to protect their devices. Begin by securing executive approval for a cybersecurity change management plan, which will enable you to undertake training and communication activities that will result in long-term behaviour changes.
Some Cybersecurity Communication Thoughts
Employee communication about cybersecurity is similar to employee communication about an ERP rollout. Both demand strong leadership that encourages two-way communication and trust. Precision timing and customisation are required in both cases. Both require a change management team with clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
Our organisational change management consultants can assist you in developing a strategy that will improve the attitudes and actions of your staff.