As recent headlines prove, South Africa is no stranger to data breaches - not even massive ones. If you still think you won’t be a target, you’re setting yourself up for a nasty surprise - one that could destroy your business. Other than hefty fines and lots of downtime, you risk losing trust among your customers and could even expose your business to lawsuits. So the ‘wait and see’ strategy towards cyber defence is not smart at all.
Cybersecurity is very necessary today. It can’t be an afterthought and should be part of your enterprise’s daily operations. How do you make this happen? If you can get all hands on deck, it’s not as daunting as it may seem...
Create company-wide responsibility
Many companies still make security the problem of the IT department. But this actually makes little sense because company data is important to the entire business. It’s also dangerous because cybercriminals don't think in that way. They don’t just target the IT people: they target everyone. If everyone’s a target, everyone needs to fight back!
Security awareness should be on the agenda for all company leaders. It must be a board-level discussion, with the CEO setting the tone and lead for the topic. It should be part of risk and strategy discussions and implemented early on....
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