One of the most foolproof methods to keep a company’s sensitive information safe is to have employees trained in spotting and blocking intruders. Although some companies may struggle to get their staff on board for new security protocols, it is essential to guarantee the protection of their internal networks. Let’s explore more ways to make certain your team is equipped for the task.
1.) Take confidence in your leadership role
People look to the top for inspiration. As such, you’ve got to lead by example. Demonstrate to your people that you will follow any new security procedures as soon as possible. When you ask your employees to do something unconventional or uncomfortable, you have to make sure they see you doing it first. You’ve got to walk the talk in order to get them to follow your lead.
2.) Explain important policies clearly and be there to answer questions
You should explain to your employees why each new security measure is important to them clearly and concisely, including how adhering to these new policies directly benefits them. In the long run, you will benefit from taking the time and effort to explain why you are asking them to follow a new security policy or procedure.
3.) Explain that there are consequences
If your IT network is not secure, you are at risk of being targeted by hackers. Explaining what will happen if they fail to follow a new security procedure is one of the most compelling ways to get someone to comply. What if your employees’ personal information is stolen? If you put your request in terms of cold, hard consequences, your request is very often met with immediate buy-in. People do not want to find their social security number and employment information lying around the dark web.
4.) Be there to help your employees
The importance of staying engaged cannot be overstated. After all, not everyone knows how to use complex IT systems. Even your most experienced IT staff may not be familiar with some of the new security procedures you implement. Make sure you provide active help and guidance, provide quick answers to questions, and explain why you are requesting compliance.
CHIPS can also help you in this endeavor. We specialize in helping companies set up nearly impenetrable network security measures and provide guidance on ensuring employee buy-in. Give us a call: (651) 564-9350