Cybersecurity matters now more than ever. Changing your culture can be a challenge, but it’s worth it in the long run. Try these 6 steps.
Make everyone accountable for security
DevSecOps is the practice of development that makes every team member responsible for the safeguarding of data. A cultural and technical shift in this direction helps enterprises address security threats in real-time. Security teams are supposed to help prevent slowdowns rather than act as a hindrance to agility.
“Application security is one of the ticking time bombs in the world of cybercrime. If you want to ensure that your users are safe at all times, you need to invest substantial time and effort into creating the right corporate culture. Empowering everyone on your team to raise issues and problems at the earliest opportunity is the right way forward” – Ed Holmes, Systems Administrator at Canada Writers.
Learn from the best
Don’t fall into the category of those who learn but one thing from history — that they learn nothing from history. Rather than going down the trial and error route, use others as an example to ensure you stay on the right course. For example, Shred-it is an information security company that takes their security culture seriously. They’ve led the industry for a few years now, and are committed to getting the job done right from the ground up.
Use statistics to raise awareness
The fact of the matter is, data drives decisions. Use statistics to your advantage, and demonstrate the importance of security by highlighting potential risks or existing problems. Disseminate these results via newsletters and periodic updates to raise awareness and then discuss these findings openly to create a culture where security is a topic of conversation.
Adding a little bit of competition and fun to proceedings every now and then is a great way to get people more invested in the problems at hand. The last thing you want is for security to be seen as a chore. Quizzes, bug competitions, and departmental leader-boards are all ways you can make people care more about the pressing issues your organization faces.
DevSecOps incorporates security at code level. You’d be surprised at the number of businesses who regret not building security in from the start. While it’s good to be swift and efficient in the implementation phase, you certainly don’t want to rush things, all this will do is leave you even more open to security flaws. Be thorough, and remember to stress the importance of a security-first/security-always approach as outlined in the DevSecOps Manifesto.
Highlight leaders within your organization
Heard the expression, lead by example? It starts with people at the top and works like a funnel; those with an authoritative voice within your organisation have the upper-hand when it comes to being able to influence others. The more buy-in you can get for a security culture, the better.
Now that we’ve expressed the importance of application security, it’s over to you to start building a culture and make it a reality.
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Written in collaboration with James Daily