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Empower Your Team to Report Security Issues

Getting your team to report security issues quickly is crucial for your business. You might think that with all the security tech tools at your disposal, you’re covered. But here’s the thing: your employees are your first line of defence. They play an irreplaceable role in spotting and reporting security threats.

Imagine one of your employees receiving a suspicious email that seems to be from a trusted supplier. It’s a classic phishing attempt where a cybercriminal pretends to be someone else to steal your data. If the employee ignores it or assumes someone else will handle it, that seemingly innocent email could lead to a massive data breach, potentially costing your company a lot of money.

Shockingly, less than 10% of employees report phishing emails to their security teams. Why? There are a few reasons:

  • They might not realize the importance of reporting.
  • They fear getting into trouble if they’re wrong.
  • They think it’s someone else’s responsibility.

If employees have been shamed for security mistakes in the past, they’re even less likely to speak up. One of the biggest reasons employees don’t report security issues is they don’t understand what a threat looks like or why reporting is crucial. This is where education comes in, but not the boring, jargon-filled kind.

Think of cybersecurity training as an engaging and interactive experience. Use real-life examples and scenarios to show how a small issue can snowball into a major problem if not reported. Simulate phishing attacks and demonstrate the potential fallout. Make it clear that everyone has a vital role in keeping the company safe. When employees understand their actions can prevent a disaster, they'll be more motivated to report anything suspicious.

Even if your employees want to report an issue, a complicated reporting process can stop them in their tracks. Ensure your reporting process is simple and straightforward. Consider easy-access buttons or quick links on your company’s intranet. Regular reminders and clear instructions can also go a long way. When someone reports something, give immediate feedback. A simple thank you, or acknowledgment reinforces their behaviour and shows their efforts matter.

Creating a culture where reporting security issues is seen as positive action is essential. If employees feel they’ll be judged or punished, they’ll stay quiet. Leaders in your company need to set the tone by being open about their own experiences with reporting issues. When the top brass talks openly about security, it encourages everyone else to do the same.

Consider appointing security champions within different departments. These individuals can be the go-to people for their peers, offering support and making the reporting process less intimidating. Keep security a regular topic of conversation so it stays fresh in everyone’s minds.

Celebrate the learning opportunities from reported incidents. Share success stories where reporting helped avoid a disaster. This not only educates but also motivates your team to keep their eyes open and speak up.

By making it easy and rewarding for your employees to report security issues, you’re not just protecting your business; you’re also building a more engaged and proactive workforce. Encourage open communication and continuous learning, and avoid shaming anyone for their mistakes. The faster issues are reported, the easier and cheaper they are to fix, keeping your business secure and thriving.

This is something we regularly help businesses with. If we can assist you too, get in touch.

Until next time, keep fit and have fun!(TYYV) The Yada Yada Version:

Encouraging and simplifying employees' reporting of security issues is essential, and yada yada yada, it will help protect your business and foster a proactive, engaged workforce.

Mitch Redekopp
Article Written by Mitch Redekopp

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