Due to the prevalence of cyber threat in everyday life, cybersecurity has become a top of mind for every business. This has caused a marked shift in the way executive figures are called to address and act on cybersecurity issues. As leaders of their business, management figures are responsible for driving the cybersecurity efforts of their business as a whole.
Data breaches and other security incidents are ubiquitous in the Not-for-Profit sector due to a variety of reasons. They are seen as a lucrative target with a wealth of critical and confidential information, but typically have low maturity security controls due to their unique funding circumstances.
A lack of security awareness is also a leading cause of security incidents in the sector, as many cybercriminals are moving away from attacking the technical security perimeter. Instead they focus on manipulating people.
Getting staff to adopt better security behaviours and creating a culture of awareness are some of the key ways that executive of not-for-profit organisations can mitigate potential damages and reduce the frequency of breaches. When the workplace is imbued with security awareness, issues are more likely to be detected, contained and eliminated before they can escalate to a breach.
But how can these figures get employees to really acknowledge and act on cybersecurity? By leading by example.
When executives demonstrate their commitment to the cause they are setting the tone from the top-down. The C-suite’s mere involvement plays a critical role in strengthening the organisation’s security posture and encouraging employees to adopt a cybersecurity mindset.
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