Employee awareness is the key to becoming cyber secure, and yet only 44 per cent of IoD members have laid on cyber awareness training, and many leave gaps of more than a year between their training programmes. So how can you make your staff shoulder responsibility for data security too?
- Communicate clearly
Procedures and guidelines can only ever be as effective as they are properly understood. Make sure procedures which cover the storage and application of data are accessible to all employees via the company intranet, and are part of all induction programmes too.
- Instill cautious mindsets
Even more important, perhaps, than employees understanding the internal processes and procedures when it comes to data protection is making them realise the potentially grave implications of data breach. With some commentators suggesting we could soon edge towards personal liability for data protection, they should be open to the notion that this is not just in the company’s interest…
- Encourage proactivity
Your staff are the ones who are going to have to work within your guidelines, so get them involved with creating them. Their intimacy with the processes and procedures that go on under your business’s roof will help you trouble shoot pre-emptively and prevent cyber security becoming a hindrance to effectiveness.
- Invest in education
Practical workshops, not just explaining but demonstrating why data security is of paramount importance, may seem like annoying down-tools time, as might regular training sessions familiarising staff with the ever-changing basics of data protection law. But the consequences of a breach can be unthinkable. It really is worth biting the bullet.
- Revisit and review
The IoD has published its latest cyber security report and ‘how to’ guide.
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