8 kickass cyber security awareness tips to inspire change in your organisation

If you frequent our blog, subscribe to our email or follow @ITGovernance on Twitter, you may have noticed a theme this week. Cyber Security – People.

PEOPLE represent one of the three domains of any effective cyber security strategy (find out what the other two are here >>).

Taken from our information security image gallery, here are 8 kickass cyber security awareness tips for you to share with your team. Use them to inspire positive change in behaviour and raise awareness within your organisation:

1 – Employees are your No.1 Cyber Security Threat

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Helping your staff to understand the part they play in keeping your information secure is an essential first step. Lack of understanding and awareness amongst employees may mean that the organisation is exposed to phishing, pharming and social engineering attacks.

2- Information Security is as simple as A B C

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80% of cyber attacks could have been prevented through basic security hygiene. Make sure staff are aware of simple measures that could be the difference between a cyber attack or an ‘attempted‘ cyber attack.

Continue reading for some simple yet effective tips …

3 – Passwords are like pants …

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Remind staff of your password policy. A zero tolerance approach to sharing passwords and writing them down on post-it notes will help eliminate unauthorised access to sensitive information.

4 – Password Hangman

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Forcing the use of strong passwords and regular changes will further reinforce your security.

5 – Tailgating: How close is too close?

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Unauthorised access within your secure perimeter could result in sensitive information ending up in the wrong hands. Make sure staff are aware of your secure perimeter and encourage them to challenge or report people who are not supposed to be there.

6 – A clear desk, a clear mind …

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Introducing a ‘clear desk policy’ to ensure confidential information is locked away or disposed of securely will reduce the risk of theft. Do your cleaning contractors check the security clearance of their staff? Probably not.

7 – Secure mobile devices

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No matter what controls you put in place, it’s inevitable that someone will lose (through theft or clumsiness) a laptop or other mobile device. Use encryption technology, to secure mobile devices. Find out more here >>

8 – Don’t say anything online …

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Social Media, when used appropriately, offers organisations sales and marketing opportunities that are very effective. Remind staff of your social media policy and ensure it covers what can and cannot be said about your organisation online. You also need to ensure nothing sensitive or confidential is shared online.

All these images and more can be found here.

Over to you …

What tips do you have to offer? Have you found anything that works particularly well in raising cyber security awareness among your staff? If so, comment below and we may well use your suggestions for our next batch of social media sharing images. We will of course credit you with anything we do use.

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