Developing a secure AND compliant cybersecurity program is a daunting and complex task, and organizations often ask, “where should we start?”
After many years of working with quality management systems, I have come up with what I believe is the right answer to the question: start by developing a culture of cybersecurity.
Some of you may remember the time when the quality of products from Japan was very low. By the 1980s the quality of Japanese products far exceeded the quality of products from any other country – including the United States. Why? Japan listened to W. Edwards Deming and embedded quality into the culture of their organization. Quality became a value – not a department within an organization or something to be inspected into a product.
The same philosophy should be applied to cybersecurity. Below are a few tips for developing a cybersecurity culture:
If you’re not sold on the value of a cybersecurity culture, keep in mind that a federal court denied, in part, a motion to dismiss a securities class action lawsuit against SolarWinds and members of its management team because the company claimed to have a culture of security when in fact they did not. The court found that employees were not aware of the password policy, had not received adequate cybersecurity training, and didn’t have an awareness of the company’s efforts regarding cybersecurity.
Since creating a new company culture takes time, don’t wait – start developing a cybersecurity culture now!
Defense contractors in North Carolina that need help developing their cybersecurity programs should contact Laura Rodgers at email@example.com
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