We talk a lot about building a security mindset. But what is a security mindset and why should this be the goal of security awareness?
A security mindset is a way of thinking and an approach to decision-making that prioritizes the protection of personal and organizational assets, including data and networks. Having a security mindset means considering the potential risks and vulnerabilities in any situation and taking proactive measures to mitigate them.
This is easier said than done as having a security mindset applies to every single app, workflow, and situation to which employees find themselves - email, social media, web browsing, Slack, creating and sharing Google Drive files, configuring SaaS apps, texting, making phone calls, on and on. Considering the potential risks and threats in each and every one of these situations is not easy and not feasible unless its built into employee thinking, almost like design thinking is built into everything a good UX designer does.
Here are a few reasons why having a security mindset is important:
Building a security mindset is like building any other muscle. It takes repetition, variety, and sustained effort. When it comes to building your security muscle, annual security awareness training does not cut it. Neither does annual security awareness training + periodic phishing simulations. What is needed is a sustained and concerted effort to engage and inform all employees throughout the year.
Below is a simple framework for building a security mindset using Haekka. Everything below can be setup and run in the background, collecting and reporting on useful human behavior and risk metrics throughout the year.
We’ve made the above framework simple to implement for any size company. Other security awareness vendors will offer 1 or 2 of the above and tell you this is what you need; this is true that 1-2 of the above are all your need, but it’s what you need to check the box for audits and have phishing metrics for managers. It is not enough to build a security mindset and reap the benefits of a security-aware culture.
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