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Marya Munir

Six Steps for a Cyber Immune Culture

Employees are the first line of cybersecurity defense for organizations. Focusing on the human element of an organization’s broader cybersecurity strategy is the best way to effectively combat sophisticated phishing and social engineering techniques. In our latest eBook, “A CISO’s Guide: Mitigating the Human Risk Factor,” SecurityAdvisor’s team of experts offers CISOs and security teams tips on building a cyber immune culture.

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Create the Human Firewall by Identifying Riskiest Users

While the flexibility of hybrid work is a boon to busy workers, security leaders face a challenging new work environment. As remote and hybrid work become permanent fixtures for organizations, businesses increase their human attack surface. Employees have always engaged in risky behaviors, but with the rise of hybrid work, employees now use personal and work devices interchangeably. As a result, their actions may have a hazardous effect on the security of the company. Without a physical office and an on-premises network, remote employees are more vulnerable to cyberattacks.

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Developing A Cybersecurity Culture

Security products and practices usually ignore the most fundamental element of an organization: the user. A survey by Willis Tower Watson revealed that human actions cause over 90% of security incidents. This means fortifying a cybersecurity culture is just as important as cybersecurity protection. It can be difficult for chief security officers to determine whether or not they have a strong cybersecurity culture. Since there are few tools to measure and manage cybersecurity culture today, it is nearly impossible to quantify.

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How Security Leaders Can Handle the Risky Behavior of Remote Workers

With compromised data and crippling security breaches on the rise, CISOs must ensure that every asset within the organization is secure against growing information security risks. While implementing the right policies, tools, and strategies is a crucial part of the job, many security leaders overlook securing their employees, who are arguably an organization's most important asset.

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The Challenge with Changing Risky User Behaviors

Today, the marketplace for advanced and sophisticated phishing prevention and protection technologies is booming— yet cybercriminals are still finding ways to bypass these safeguards regularly. The reason? They’re focusing on organizations’ employees, not their tech stack. To combat this, organizations need to consistently evaluate their security strategy and, more importantly, need to understand the human element of their security posture and threat potential at any given time.

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How Can Security Aid Innovation?

At ZestMoney, we pride ourselves in our innovative workforce and our technology is the backbone of our company. Given our rapid growth and as a fintech company, we take our responsibility to secure our customer data very seriously and to protect our employees from malicious actors. Historically, security has been the enemy of innovation as restrictive rules are imposed on employees preventing them from embracing the latest technology. We've adopted a cutting-edge security strategy that places our employees at the center of our cybersecurity and relies on technology to keep us safe. This blog documents our efforts to create a best-in-class security program.

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