Building A Cybersecurity Priority Culture

Key Points:

  • A collective defense approach to cybersecurity
  • How does data governance fit into your culture?
  • Cybersecurity cultures require ongoing training.
  • Crisis management plans fit into your priority culture

Laying the groundwork for any project begins with user buy-in. Getting leadership, staff, and interns to rally around an idea, initiative, or belief is often met with resistance. Successfully building a wall of acceptance and company compliance starts with threat awareness.

It’s no secret. Cybersecurity threats continue targeting the life sciences and biotech industries. Unless a culture automatically relies on cybersecurity, the loss is imminent. In today’s video, Jeremy Kushner, CEO of BACS Consulting Group, provides these recommendations.

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A Collective Defense Approach To Cybersecurity

There are multiple ways to enforce a new company standard or policy. But by and far, the easiest way to see immediate compliance is by making it a collective defense effort. That’s where all leadership, staff, and interns get introduced to a real threat simulation.

For example, you’ve decided to collectively introduce social engineering tactics to all leaders, staff, and interns. That group’s introduction to something that could harm them will grab their attention. They naturally band together as a group looking for answers.

When using a collective defense approach, your staff transitions smoothly as you continue building a cybersecurity priority culture. To speed up the progress without losing employee productivity and interest, focus on critical and harmful areas in group settings.

How Does Data Governance Fit Into Your Culture?

Data governance collects a business’s metrics, policies, processes, roles, and standards. That group of content enables an organization to achieve its goals. Furthermore, it establishes a set of functions and responsibilities across a company.

For that information, to help build your cybersecurity priority culture, you partner with trusted experts who understand data governance. They set up policies and procedures that define who can take what action, with what data, in what situations, and using prescribed methods.

Without data governance, inconsistencies across different systems go unresolved. For example, something as simple as customer names. Often they get listed differently in multiple systems. That minor inconsistency creates data integrity issues and errors that affect analytics accuracy.

Cybersecurity Cultures Require Ongoing Training

As your staff builds a culture, each will need a series of maps that guide them along the way and when they’ve reached a milestone. The foundation of cybersecurity has always been an awareness found in beginner, intermediate, advanced, and ongoing training.

It will be this training that will emphasize teamwork and transparency. As you direct them, your leadership teams and staff from different levels will participate. That blanket approach to educating those you employ immerses them in a cybersecurity priority culture.

With that cutting-edge training, each can easily spot unusual events they never noticed before. For instance, instead of responding to an unknown email or text message, each employee recognizes someone is trying to phish them, backs away, and reports what they found.

Crisis Management Plans Fits Into Your Priority Culture

How your organization reacts in a crisis is spelled out in a well-crafted crisis management plan. Those details identify who has to take action and their role during recovery. That documentation describes how to minimize the damage and restore operations quickly.

We often refer to a crisis management plan as a living document. A typical crisis plan resembles a checklist of sorts. Anytime there’s an incident or mishap, your crisis team checks off what needs immediate attention in response to the crisis.

Whether it’s an in-house team or an outsourced managed services provider, they can quickly refer to the plan and update it frequently. We also recommend performing a risk analysis which gives you some idea of what your organization faces from a potential cyber threat.

BACS Consulting Group Builds Secure Cultures

In a connected world, cybersecurity threats keep business owners and decision-makers constantly concerned. The risk is higher with life sciences and biotech organizations, as imminent cyber dangers are lurking in the shadows.

These companies deal with sensitive information daily, and a data breach could have serious consequences. That’s why BACS Consulting Group recommends building a cybersecurity priority culture in your organization. Contact us today to discover how to get started or call (650) 383-3850.

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