Enabling Consistent Information Security through Data Security Training




To reduce and manage business risk, organizations are looking for improved and reliable ways to increase their security efficacy by identifying, defending, and responding to attacks. Data management and security are becoming increasingly important concerns as technology has now become integral to the management of data systems and records of organizations operating in different industries.

To keep up, the world of cybersecurity is also evolving at the same pace, offering improvements in technology and stressing more on information security training to keep cybercriminals and hackers from exploiting data through loopholes.

Without a doubt, cybersecurity training is an awareness method to educate more employees about the potential threat, online scams, and other vulnerabilities present within an organization. It enables them to get a better understanding of these dangers, so they are able to fix it the problems in no time.

According to a recent study, more than 80% of the breaches were blamed on careless employees. To avoid facing a situation like this, it is important to implement a program and teach your teams about common scams, theft risk of personal information, and other data-related risks that can be taken care of without professional assistance.

For an organization to run smoothly, it is essential to improve security postures. A strong cybersecurity game focuses on threats and assets that are most integral and sensitive to an organization. Thus, it is important to translate insights to have a better grip over security controls.

Here's are the key elements:

  • Awareness: By increasing awareness of vulnerable situations and the impact it can have on the overall situation, stakeholders can gain a better idea of what actions should be taken right away.
  • Exploration: More exploration gives a better idea of different situations. The team members can make several suggestions to fix the problem and can constructively agree on the best solution.
  • Behavioral changes: By experiencing a situation, people become more aware of their behavior. They are also in a better position to implement behavioral change according to the requirement of the situation.
  • Training: Enables employees to create a safer organizational environment to continue with the operations. Participants can make mistakes, find out more methods to resolve the situation, experiment more, and learn through those experiences.

Ways to Tighten Up Your Information Security

It is quite understandable that to achieve consistent information security, an organization must provide data security training. However, there are many more methods to tighten your information security effectively.

Here's everything you need to know:

Limiting Data Access

Due to the failure of understanding what sensitive data really is, many organizations tend to give privileged access to various insiders and employees. Do you consider customer data as private and sensitive? How many of your employees can access it? Do you think it can be exploited?

Now that you think of it, customer data seems sensitive and should be kept in top privacy. It's important to identify the category of data as well as the access rights of your employees to keep information secure. This could save you from a huge risk to data hacking, theft, and loss.

Organizations must look into it and limit the data access accordingly. The authority should remain with the top management to determine when and which employee needs access to sensitive data to ensure they have access only when they need it. Implementing such limitations can help organizations be more careful with data management and security.

Identify Sensitive Data

Keeping a loop with the previous point, most organizations offer privileged access to so many employees mainly because it fails to identify sensitive data. Therefore, it is crucial to carry out this step first and highlight the most sensitive and important data and business information.

This will help you take the right measures to allocate more reliable resources to protect your crucial assets and most sensitive data.

While the data may not be more than 10% of the total there is, a compromise on this can result in a massive loss of revenue and reputation, both.

Support Cyber Security

Cybersecurity staff (if any) within an organization isn't the main concern when it comes to organizational support. This usually means that they lack sufficient budget or aren't listened to with a serious attitude.

Moreover, they are not provided enough security training to carry out their job more efficiently. This not only leads to various IT problems but also gives rise to risks and vulnerabilities. Organizations must consider cybersecurity department as an essential part of the workforce. And for organizations that haven't consider building one, should think about setting up a cybersecurity department and provide proper training and allot appropriate budget to guarantee consistent information security.

Risk Assessment

This is often the first and most important step before setting up a cybersecurity program. Risk assessment helps an organization figure out if the security controls it is planning to implement is even relevant to the risks it can face.

Without conducting a detailed risk assessment, an organization can waste time and ignore threats. Moreover, the resources and efforts addressing events are unlikely to cover the significant damage that could occur.

Regular Review of Procedures and Policies

Procedures and policies are the fundamental documents that establish the rules for the organization for handling data. It is the policies that construct the principles of how, when, and what procedures need to be carried out within an organization.

The growing cyber threat makes it crucial for all organizations to run a regular review of these fundamental aspects to be prepared to face any kind of risk and threat. Also, keeping a check will instantly highlight if a procedure is not working and needs replacement.

Regular Update and Backup

Any data security program is incomplete without a solid data update and recovery program. This is particularly helpful in situations where the data breach or attack is totally unexpected. Having a system in place ensures you are still in a position to recover your sensitive data.

Setting up a successful business can be challenging but sustaining in an environment full of risks and threats can be much more daunting. To deal with the immense cybersecurity risk, it is crucial to be pre-equipped with the right team, privacy enhancement ideas, and security tools to safeguard your data.  

About The Author
Manager, Training Operations

Abdul Mujeeb

Abdul Mujeeb is a Training Operations manager at QuickStart Technologies. He has over 10+ years of managing varied domains of technical side of businesses from Implementation, Consultation, and Architecture Solutions for Startup. Apart from that he also has expertise around Security+, CEH, CCNA, Web Development, Software Development & integration, Information System, Project Manager Implementation, SQA & Architecture Development, and IT Consultation for Startups.

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