ENISA, the EU’s cybersecurity agency, has published a report providing organizations with practical tools and guidance to develop and maintain an internal cybersecurity culture.
The ‘Cybersecurity Culture in Organisations’ report is based on multi-disciplinary research conducted to better understand the dynamics of how cybersecurity culture can be developed and shaped within organizations.
The research draws from different disciplines, including organisational sciences, psychology, law and cybersecurity as well as the knowledge and experiences of large European organizations.
The report provides good practices, methodological tools and step-by-step guidance for those seeking to commence or enhance their organization’s cybersecurity culture programme.
While many organizations and employees are familiar with related concepts such as cybersecurity awareness and information security frameworks, cybersecurity culture covers a broader scope. The idea behind this concept is to make information security considerations an integral part of an employee’s daily life.
The following good practices have been identified, based on the experiences of organizations that have already implemented mature cybersecurity culture programmes:
- Setting cybersecurity as a standing agenda item at board meetings to underline the importance of a robust cybersecurity culture;
- Ensuring that employees are consulted and their concerns regarding cybersecurity practices are being considered by the cybersecurity culture working group;
- Ensuring that business processes/strategies and cybersecurity processes/strategies are fully aligned.