A Security-Positive Culture Starts at the Top

BrandPost By Stephen Nardone
Oct 08, 2015

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Cyber security is vital to every area of your organization. IT officers, corporate officers, finance directors, and human resources managers should all play a role in designing a living, breathing security plan to protect their business. But how do you create a culture of responsible, effective security practices and meaningful threat awareness? Read on to find out.

Stay Educated and Informed

Though it is a legal obligation for executives to involve themselves in information security, it is also best practice to make security an agenda item at every meeting.  Refocus the corporate culture on safer security behaviors by making security a priority at the top.

Officers need to know the incident response plans and disaster recovery policies, so they should ask questions about business continuity and cyber security regulations and insurance. 

Form an Information Security Committee

Create a culture that prioritizes the security of critical data by forming an information security committee and engaging with the team regularly. The team of directors involved in designing and reassessing the plan should meet often to review policies on incident management, user education and awareness, and managing user privileges. They should have an incident response plan and clearly defined protocols for BYOD and working remotely.

Review and Evaluate Frequently

An information security protection program must be well documented and frequently updated, executed, monitored, and reassessed. The enterprise that is able to evidence an information security protection program will likely be subject to less regulatory scrutiny and fines in the event of a breech. The standards of what is reasonable in prevention and protection continue to evolve, and executives need to be aware of changes.

Work with Vendors and General Counsel

Inquire about vendor contracts and the agreements in place to address security issues. Work with general counsel or a cyber security attorney to know if your business is able to retain privilege in the event of a breach. We can help.

As a Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015, PC Connection, Inc. is committed to promoting cyber security and online safety. Our in-house team of security experts is dedicated to helping organizations of every size reduce their risk with industry-leading security solutions and services. PC Connection’s Security Practice can help create comprehensive security programs that leverage the latest technologies from our partners, including: Cisco, Check Point, Core Security, Dell, Intel Security, Security Innovation, Sophos, Symantec, Trend Micro, and VMware.

Our team is proud to support the goals of NCSAM:

  • Promote online safety
  • Ensure everyone has the resources to stay safer and more secure online
  • Engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising cyber security awareness