When considering security, most people first think of either security guards or security systems. But one of the most important components of any organization’s overall security is employee cooperation with security protocols.
For Security, Employee Communication and Cooperation are Key
Many security protocols that companies employ never actually communicate what the security policy is to their employees. Or alternatively, they may communicate some basics like access protocols, but not discuss or train on responses to various security scenarios that could arise.
In short, individuals at a company can themselves be critical points of vulnerability if they are either intentionally or unintentionally compromising the integrity of a security system. This is much more common when employees are not aware of the things they shouldn’t be doing.
By teaching best practices, responses to threat scenarios, and also sharing common causes of security breaches, employees can actually be important assets in aiding overall security of an organization. Without this information, they can easily be liabilities that accidentally create vulnerabilities and gaps that make it easy for bad behavior to take place.
How to Make Employees Active Assets Of Your Security Program
Communicate Everything: The more basic communication occurs, the more in-tune a business will be with the potential threats that employees are seeing. And this also works in reverse – there are many vulnerabilities people are simply not aware of, so the more they know, the better equipped they will be to act as protectors and guardians as opposed to being weak links.
Have a Defined Security Plan and Protocol: Having well-defined written-down action plans that coordinate responses to various security breaches is extremely important. By having an actual written plan, it’s possible to coordinate all employees so that everyone is on the same page of how to react if a breach occurs. Similar to a fire drill, there is value to having a coordinated plan, especially for a larger organization.
Practice Responses Against Security Breaches: It’s not enough to simply print out a handbook and expect employees to memorize it. Even if they do read it entirely, there is no guarantee that the information will be retained when a breach occurs. As a result, practice is extremely important. As mentioned before, fire drills are perfect examples of how to streamline responses and make it so that people instinctively know what to do and what to look out for if any breach does take place. Similarly, they can be helpful in aiding employees on being able to identify threats before they become active breaches.
Security Policy Is Incomplete Without Employee Buy-In
Security policy that doesn’t account for how the employees participate in the organization’s overall security is an incomplete security policy.
If you’re in need of a comprehensive security review for your organization, contact HSI Security today to learn how our expertise can help mitigate threats and vulnerabilities.