What does the security culture look like at your work? A healthy security culture features individuals who understand their responsibilities, can readily identify cyberthreats and other risks, and know what to do should a security incident arise—whether working in the office or from home.
In the July Security Awareness News, we breakdown the security awareness culture, including:
  • 7 Dimensions of Security Culture
  • How You Can Strengthen Security Culture
  • Security Culture at Home

7 Dimensions of Security Culture
In the fourth annual Security Culture Report, CLTRe (a KnowBe4 company) surveyed over 320,000 employees and 1,800 organizations around the world in an effort to measure the impact of security culture. The report defines security culture as “the ideas, customs, and social behaviors of an organization that influences their security” and evaluates individuals across seven dimensions:

  1. Attitudes: The feelings and beliefs that employees have toward the security protocols and issues.
  2. Behaviors: The actions and activities that have an impact on the organization’s security.
  3. Cognition: The understanding, knowledge, and awareness of security issues.
  4. Communication: The quality of communication channels to discuss security topics and provide support and a sense of belonging.
  5. Compliance: The knowledge of written security policies and the extent to which they are followed.
  6. Norms: The knowledge of and adherence to unwritten rules of conduct within an organization.
  7. Responsibilities: How individuals perceive their role in the strength of an organization’s security.

How You Can Strengthen Security Culture
A healthy security culture features individuals who understand their responsibilities, can readily identify cyberthreats and other risks, and know what to do should a security incident arise. Here’s how you can help strengthen the culture you’re a part of:

  • Take Training Seriously
  • Lead by Example
  • Think Like a Scammer
  • Never Make Assumptions
  • Always Follow Policy

Security Culture at Home
We believe that building a strong culture extends beyond the borders of work. That’s why we encourage you to take the information we provide through awareness training and create a security culture in your household. Here are a few tips for how to do that:

  • Develop Password Policies
  • Keep Devices Updates
  • Get the Right Tools
  • Limit What You Share
  • Have the Talk
  • Stay Informed