We all know that cybersecurity is extremely important for companies, but what not all companies remember is about creating a cybersecurity culture.

According to data from Check Point Research, global attacks increased by 28% in Q3 2022 compared to the same period in 2021. The average weekly attacks per organization worldwide reached more than 1,130 attacks. Currently, people no longer think about IF we will be attacked, but WHEN we will be attacked . It's a fact that hackers don't sleep and are always on the prowl, trying to breach the systems of every company they can. Also in this research, in relation to statistics on Brazil, the survey by the CPR division pointed out that, on average, organizations in the country were attacked 1,484 times weekly, an increase of 37% compared to the period of the third quarter of 2021.

Therefore, building and establishing the importance of cybersecurity in the routine actions of the entire organization becomes natural. The best thing is to show all employees that security adds value to the company's results, especially when talking about data from the company itself and also from customers, who trusted their information  

Another point that stands out is to provide teams that, for some reason, are at high risk of attack, with experience in security, training and development in the area, this allows companies to have the right people in areas where the company most needs data protection. value.

How to create a cybersecurity culture

When we think of cybersecurity, it is common for technical measures to be remembered, such as antivirus, firewall, intrusion prevention system, etc. It's not incorrect, but cybersecurity goes way beyond basic measures to help protect a business. It also involves the everyday actions that each one takes to prevent something bigger from happening.  

Just think: you receive an unknown email and click on the link, nothing happens and you go on with your life. Days later, you discover that a hacker has been silently “infiltrating” your network using your cloud without you noticing. How did you find out?! He spent an exorbitant amount on his cloud provider and now you pay the bill.   

It is entirely possible to create a cybersecurity culture in a company. A key point at the beginning is to remind everyone that cybersecurity is not just a technical responsibility, but also a cultural responsibility. It is important that all employees are aware of cyber risks and the importance of protecting company data. This includes employee training and awareness to identify and prevent cyber threats, as well as a clear cybersecurity policy to ensure everyone is aligned with the company's security objectives.

According to a recent publication by the Forbes Technology Council, the key to creating an influential cybersecurity culture is recognizing that people can represent a formidable first line of defense in protecting against cyberattacks. 

Hackers' gateway

The main gateway for hackers into companies is usually through security vulnerabilities in the company's systems and applications. This includes software vulnerabilities, such as security holes in the operating system or applications, as well as hardware vulnerabilities, such as security holes in network devices.  

A recent report by Verizon (Data Breach Investigation Report – 2022) reinforces the information that employee behavior remains a critical factor for an organization’s cyber defense, as 82% of data breaches in 2021 involved a “human element” . To err is human, especially when we talk about actions that we are not always sure or aware that can directly affect the functioning of a business system.

It is important to have a greater focus point on keeping systems and applications up to date and quickly fixing any discovered vulnerabilities. Furthermore, it is important to implement robust security measures such as encryption, user authentication, endpoint protection and security monitoring to protect against attacks.

Security tools are critical to the cyber defense line as they provide the technical measures needed to protect the enterprise against cyber threats. However, it is equally important to have a training plan focused on awareness, as it helps to ensure that all employees are aware of cyber risks, allows them to detect attacks and know how to act safely. This includes training on how to identify and prevent cyber threats, as well as training on the company's cybersecurity policy.

The chances that companies will become increasingly data and cybersecurity oriented in the coming years are high, this demands a complete security ecosystem. With the growing amount of data digitally generated and stored, companies are struggling to efficiently collect, store, and analyze this data to gain valuable insights.  

Additionally, with increased risks of cyberattacks and data breaches, companies are focusing on strengthening their cybersecurity to protect their systems and data. Which makes having a culture focused on data protection crucial, no matter the size of the company.

Where to start?

As the focus on digital media grows, cybercrime increases accordingly. With increasing digital demands and processes, the field of opportunity for criminals is even greater. According to McKinsey research, at the current rate of growth, damage caused by cyberattacks will reach around $10.5 trillion annually by 2025 — a 300% increase from 2015 levels. Hackers are constantly developing new types of attacks and hacking techniques, so it's important to always be aware and stay up to date on the latest threats. This includes keeping up with the latest industry trends, as well as engaging in cybersecurity communities to share knowledge and learn about emerging threats. In addition, it is important to have threat monitoring and detection tools to quickly identify and respond to any attack.

Effective cybersecurity planning should start with a risk analysis to identify the top cyber risks facing the enterprise. This should include an assessment of critical systems and applications, as well as sensitive company information.  

Based on this risk analysis, you should develop a cybersecurity strategy that includes technical measures such as network encryption, firewalls, user authentication, and security monitoring, as well as awareness measures such as cybersecurity training and policies. In addition, it is important to have a cyber incident response plan in place to ensure that the company is prepared to deal with any cyber threat.

By taking the right approach and having an IT infrastructure in place, employees become a very effective source of security control. The key step to creating an influential cybersecurity culture is the recognition that people are a primary part of protecting against cyberattacks, working together with the tools.


Have a secure digital ecosystem!


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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.

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