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Essentials Of Building A Team With A Strong Security And Compliance Focus

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by Cindy Mielke, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships at Tango Card

In today’s quickly changing business scene, underlining the role of security and compliance is crucial for any organization. The surge in cyber threats and the intricacies of navigating compliance norms calls for a forward-thinking strategy.

Building a team that is deeply ingrained in the importance of security and compliance not only lowers risks but also significantly improves the long-term viability of your organization. Security teams are indispensable and charged with protecting important data, enforcing regulatory standards, and promoting a culture that proactively looks for and addresses emerging threats.

However, building and sustaining a team focused on security requires time and resources, along with a strong commitment to following certain best practices.

The Significance of a Strong Business Security Culture

A solid security culture in an organization lies not only in adopting cutting-edge security measures like firewalls and encryption but also in creating an environment where every individual is deeply conscious of the value of security.

Everyone should be knowledgeable about potential threats and skilled in identifying new security risks. This requires embedding a security-aware mindset across all levels of the organization, making it a fundamental job requirement, irrespective of an individual’s role or tenure. 

This type of culture can be an effective barrier against modern cyber threats, with employees trained to detect phishing schemes, secure their passwords properly, and adhere to safer online practices.

By being proactive, employees can quickly identify and act on new security developments before they become worse. Developing a strong cybersecurity culture also helps to fulfill legal requirements and reduces the chances of costly financial penalties or reputational damage.

Prioritizing Security and Compliance in Your Organization

Security and compliance go beyond just checking off boxes on a task list—they are the foundation of how your business should operate. They protect your assets and can help you build and keep trust with your customers.

Reinforcing the Shared Responsibility of Security At Every Level

Security isn’t just an IT concern—it’s a shared obligation that includes everyone, from the boardroom to entry-level positions. Encouraging a culture where each member of the organization sees their contribution to security and compliance as essential is key.

Promote transparent communication regarding security concerns, creating an atmosphere where employees are empowered to report any suspicious activities or vulnerabilities. Continuously update your team on emerging threats and proactive measures to combat them, changing them into a human firewall against cyber risks.

Improving Training Beyond Simple Awareness

Training employees is crucial for strengthening cybersecurity measures, but it shouldn’t stop at just raising awareness. Investing more time into knowledge sharing is essential, providing employees with a thorough understanding of security and compliance fundamentals.

Develop a comprehensive training schedule that includes essential topics like data security, cybersecurity best practices, privacy legislation, and industry-specific rules. Incorporate engaging, real-life examples and interactive activities to demonstrate the real impacts of security breaches. This can create a genuine respect for the importance of regulatory compliance.

Regularly refresh your training content to align with the changing landscape of cyber threats and regulatory demands, ensuring your team is always prepared to manage new risks effectively.

Accessibility of Change Management Procedures

Maintaining high security and compliance standards requires effective change management, which ensures systematic handling of IT infrastructure changes to avoid operation disruptions.

A transparent, thoroughly documented procedure is vital for guarding against unauthorized or uncoordinated changes that may affect security down the road. Change management procedures must be made accessible and understandable to everyone involved.

Offering straightforward, detailed guidelines covering the entire process—from proposal to review—helps manage changes efficiently.

Implementing Metrics to Monitor Progress

Regularly evaluating key metrics allows organizations to detect trends, identify security gaps, and measure the effectiveness of their security and compliance strategies over time. These insights are critical in strategic planning, allowing for ongoing improvements in security measures and fulfillment of regular requirements.

Establishing and tracking key performance indicators (KPIs) provides a framework for monitoring the progress of essential areas such as security incident occurrence, response efficiency, compliance audit results, training program success rates, and overall customer trust.

Appointing Security Advocates

Implementing a program of security advocates is a strategic approach to spreading a culture of safety and compliance throughout the company. These individuals are chosen for their deep understanding of security protocols and regulatory policies, tasked with educating their peers and increasing awareness around security threats.

By acting as a bridge between management, IT departments, and the broader employee base, they improve communication and cooperation in security matters across the entire company. Empowering these advocates to instill the importance of security helps the business maintain a proactive stance in safeguarding sensitive company data and critical systems.

Acknowledging Team Achievements

Acknowledging team achievements in cybersecurity is important when creating a motivated and vigilant team. Celebrating milestones, successful project completions, or even the effective handling of minor security incidents reinforces the significance of every team member’s contributions. This type of recognition boosts morale and encourages continuous engagement with the company’s security protocols.

Reward programs could involve regular shout-outs in company meetings, monetary awards for security-specific system improvements, or bonuses for teams that consistently maintain high-performance standards. Offering public recognition for individuals who excel and set a good example for others helps to inject a competitive spirit towards security excellence in the workplace.

In addition to formal recognition programs, creating an environment where peer appreciation is a norm can be incredibly beneficial. Encouraging employees to express appreciation for their colleagues’ contributions during routine meetings establishes a more supportive workplace atmosphere.

Creating a Security-Centric Team

The key to safeguarding your organization’s security and compliance is assembling a strong team with the right skills, mindset, and knowledge. Creating a culture where awareness and responsibility for security are paramount lays the foundation for a workforce capable of countering most modern cyber threats while avoiding costly data breaches.

 

Cindy Mielke

Cindy Mielke is Tango Card‘s Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, and a Certified Professional of Incentive Management. Her passion is helping teammates, clients, and partners achieve success. A strong advocate for the incentive industry, Cindy received the Karen Renk Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) in 2019. She currently serves on the IMA board of directors and on the board of the Incentive and Engagement Solutions Providers (IESP).