Turn Cyber Security Awareness Month into Everyday Safety

What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month? Now in its 19th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between the government and private sector to help CISOs put cybersecurity at the forefront of conversations worldwide[...]
By Daniella Balaban
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What is Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

Now in its 19th year, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between the government and private sector to help CISOs put cybersecurity at the forefront of conversations worldwide. It continues to build momentum and impact. Every October, CISOs spread the latest resources and tools. They talk to employees and customers about staying safe and secure online. The overarching goal is to secure our physical and cyberinfrastructure. 

The theme for 2022 is: See Yourself in Cyber.  

Talking points include:

  1. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication
  2. Use Strong Passwords
  3. Recognize and Report Phishing
  4. Update Your Software

It’s always a challenge for busy and overburdened employees to find time for training. From our customers’ experience, taking a risk-based approach works best for CISOs, to raise security awareness. 

You need to: 

In this article, you’ll see what CISOs can do to leverage Cybersecurity Awareness Month to lower security risks and impact your organization. 

4 Things for CISOs to do in your organization

1. Make every month security awareness month 

Cybersecurity Awareness Month puts safe cyber practices at the forefront of everyday conversations. It shines a light on the importance of personal security accountability. Your managers and staff are primed and looking into what they can do to make a difference in their everyday work. 

Yet, this isn’t enough to reach your security awareness training program goals. Security training isn’t a one-off effort. It’s always on, and people need practice to create new behaviors. They must integrate the learning into context. They must be reminded about new techniques daily in a continuous training process.

While security buzz is high around your organization, it’s an ideal time for CISOs to leverage the momentum with automated security awareness training like CybeReady. 

2. Make your security content fun 

Just like the simple, engaging, everyday conversations during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, your security training must be simple, frequent, and applicable to employees. To do this, your security content must:

By sending your employees intensive, bite-sized content like CybeReady’s automated security training, your employees can choose to train at the right place and time and engage in learning. Everyone is in search of practical, engaging, and efficient security training.

3. Create a security awareness program that speaks to everyone 

The global message of Cybersecurity Awareness Month speaks to everyone. Your security awareness program can take this general communication to a new level. To do this, your training needs to: 

With data-based simulations like CybeReady, CISOs meet every employee’s work style and characteristics. Seize the moment of failure for long-term results with just-in-time learning. Download CybeReady’s interactive learning kit (need to add hyperlink) to guide your employees on the unique cyber threats they’re exposed to and provide tips on mitigating them.

4. Involve your department managers to make an impact at every level 

CISOs must get the buy-in of managers across the organization for ongoing success. CISOs need managers for the right communication. The managers must:

  1. a) Metrics – Deciding what metrics to collect and share. 
  2. b) Reports – Creating templates, generating and sending reports for each team.
  3. c) Logistics – Repeating monthly manual processes that could easily be streamlined.

With a data, science-driven Managers Program like CybeReady’s security awareness platform, automate all your communication in seconds to meet your security challenges. Communicate in a new way for greater team involvement:

Unleash a Proven CISO Toolkit to Motivate Your Managers with Data  

CISOs get a unique opportunity every year to build momentum during Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Get the buy-in of your department managers to boost your security awareness program with new data and the right tools. Download our CISO resources or schedule a demo to learn how CybeReady’s fully automated security awareness training platform helps your security teams to create high motivation to make an impact with data in your security awareness program. Make every month Cyber Security Awareness month. 

Download the 2022 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Kit today!

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