The heart of any organisation is its employees, and security is no different.
When taking a holistic approach to security, people need to be at the forefront. This includes security professionals, either in-house or outsourced, but also it is essential that all employees have sufficient cybersecurity knowledge and understand the importance of maintaining security hygiene.
In terms of employee education, employees should have everything they need to work securely, detect a potential cyberattack and know the processes to follow if they do so. Whilst employees are unlikely to detect a complex zero-day exploit, they should be able to detect a potential phishing email, which can have just as devasting consequences.
Employees should also understand the basics of security hygiene, such as best practices for passwords, physical security concerns, and the importance of securing personally identifiable information.
The role of people also extends to cybersecurity professionals working within the business. Due to the ongoing skills shortage, most businesses are unable to hire an employee solely dedicated to security. This is where a trusted third-party managed service provider (MSP) or managed security service provider (MSSP) can help your business, without the expense of a new hire.