Why is Security Education Important?
Often, regardless of the type of business, organization or institution that you’re running, communication is a challenge. Anyone in a management position knows that company-wide communications can often fall short and miss the mark. However, when it comes to security, it’s of the utmost importance that messages are communicated effectively from one team or department to the next. Consistent communication is an important consideration on all operational levels, and security-related work is no different.
Workplace education isn’t something that’s just for upper level staff, it’s an important need on any level of business. Education within a security plan is hugely important. Every system within a business or organization can be a potential target for a security breach, and so staff must be continually educated. As processes, staff members and business practices shift, security practices do as well. For this reason, security training and education must be an ongoing process. Workforce education is often reserved for boardrooms, conferences and professional development initiatives, but it’s needed everywhere. Every system can pose a security threat. Staff should be aware, prepared and enabled to respond to new and ongoing security threats at all times, and on all levels.
A thorough on-boarding process is the first step in ensuring that employees are educated and aware of security practices and procedures. Be sure to include training and initiation for practices surrounding physical security, cybersecurity, information security and emergency response. Having top level staff involved in the on-boarding process can also help to ensure that new employees see security as a serious consideration and an important element within both their role and the broader company or organization. Consider having a CEO or COO run a question and answer period, or give an initial presentation on overarching security practices and how they impact staff roles, responsibilities and culture. If you’re serious about education and good security, start at the top!
Regular training and procedural updates are another necessary component within the education process. There are variables within any business, so security needs shift over time. The methods, processes and procedures required to meet those needs have to shift as well. For this reason, it’s important to regularly audit your security systems and implement updates. Staff on all levels must then be informed of these changes and procedures. This communication is fundamental in ensuring that security is considered, observed and managed on all levels of operation. Consider hosting all-staff training sessions, inviting other industry experts to come in for special talks or educational seminars, mandating regular meetings on procedures and processes and utilizing a reliable communication channel that encourages and enables feedback across teams and departments.
Education and security go hand-in-hand. Staff that are informed, aware and prepared will be able to respond to security threats far more effectively than those who are not. Keep your entire staff team informed and up to date at all times by creating and implementing an educational process. If you need assistance in developing this process, contact us today, we can help!
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