Change is never easy and rarely widely accepted, but in the face of changing cybersecurity threats and an alarming uptick in cyber intrusions against companies, it’s important to periodically make changes to your information technology systems. With those changes can come headaches, especially if your reasons for implementing changes aren’t well communicated to your workforce. To ensure things go more smoothly the next time your IT team needs to make an upgrade or a change, consider the following:
Empower Your Staff
Easier said than done, but engaging your employees about their cybersecurity responsibilities is the first step in a solid defense against intrusions. During training sessions, explain to your workers why cybersecurity threats are so dangerous, the common methods of intrusions, and basic best-practices for them to follow on a daily basis. The sooner you introduce these concepts to new hires, the more relevant and effective your training will be.
Changes to IT infrastructure and systems can introduce some bumpy roads in the workday of a typical employee, which leads to greater risk of an employee trying to ignore or circumvent these changes to continue doing their jobs. It’s important to communicate why you’re taking action, what data you used to come to a decision, and put the basics of your company’s risk analysis in the minds of your employees. If they understand the problem and why a change is coming, the more likely they’ll respond in a positive manner.
If your new cybersecurity strategies don’t apply to every level of the organization, the plan will eventually fail. While different users should certainly have differing levels of access to your company’s sensitive data, establishing clear, concise rules about social media use, password compliance, and email practices company-wide will help instill a culture of safety, forethought, and most of all, parity in the cybersecurity world.
If your IT solutions are lacking and you’re unsure where to turn, the team at CMIT Solutions of Seattle can help. Seattle’s #1 choice for small and medium-sized IT services, CMIT Solutions of Seattle can plan, implement, and deploy an IT overhaul and help your employees adjust to changing systems and policies. Contact us today for a consultation or to learn more about our services.
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