By Janet Eckman, Xigent Chief Financial Officer
A recent national study found that more than 27% of employees said they were afraid to tell IT when they made a security mistake. Only half of employees said they always report when they receive or click on a phishing email. The reason: they don’t want to be punished or required to undergo extra security training.1
Employees know that they have good reason to be fearful. 4 in 10 organizations take disciplinary action against staff who make cyber security errors. 2 Unfortunately, that punitive approach often has the opposite of its desired effect, creating a culture where employees hide their mistakes.
A culture of fear is the last thing you want when it comes to cyber security, as your employees are already your weakest security link. According to another 2021 study, human error was the major contributing cause of 95% of cyber security breaches. 3
So, how do you build the kind of company cyber security culture where your employees are part of the solution?
Xigent cyber security experts can help you develop a security program and promote a company culture that protects your business. Get an assessment today to ensure your organization’s data is protected with a multi-leveled cyber security plan that meets your unique needs and budget.
1 Tessian Security Behaviors Report, 2021
2 CybSafe Research, 2020
3 IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index Report, 2021