What's Your Culture Like? Part 1

98% of people say business culture is important.

Cultures are shaped by their environment.

Cultures are comprised of specific customs, unique histories, and certain qualities that arise from a concern for what is regarded as excellent.

As Dr. Joe Dispenza put it, “Cultures are important because they are the bridge between our universal, human traits and our individual traits. Our universal traits as human beings are framed by sharing the same structure and function.”

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an expansive world of cultures and sub-cultures much like the physical world in which we live. Even though each person active in business is part of their individual culture, they are also part of the digital landscape within the business culture.

Sometimes, the various cultures maintain a separateness, sometimes they overlap, and often they blend. This ‘cultural soup’ works well in many environments. But how well does it work for cybersecurity in a business?

Cybersecurity has become one of the most numbing words ever spoken. The moment it is mentioned, people turn a deaf ear and a blind eye while walking in the opposite direction. It certainly is not a conversation one has over dinner.

Nevertheless, cybersecurity is a crucial part of our digital lives. Police, firefighters, doctors, lawyers, morticians, and the military are not in our thoughts until we need them. However, these are integral players in our environment that keep it healthy and vital for our survival.

Cybersecurity is vital to the business environment in much the same way. Employees with a cyber conscience or awareness can help protect data, assets, and their jobs that can be lost due to business closure. Creating cyberculture within the company is good for all.

Cybersecurity professionals endeavor to keep the business data confidential, maintaining the data integrity while making access available to those who are authorized to have it. This is critical to business. Yet over 60% of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) still fail to have cyber protection.

SMBs are regarded as high-risk and highly targeted among cybercriminals because of this lack of security. SMB owners still think they are under the radar, but nothing could be further from the truth. Criminals find SMBs “easy pickings” and hit the same ones multiple times.

If you are still on the fence about cybersecurity protection, I leave you with this analogy.

Suppose you have ten knives that you toss above your head and take your chances. One hits you and severs an artery. If you act fast, you get medical help to stop the bleeding and aid the healing process. (Silly analogy, I know. Bear with me a moment.)

In business, you take your chances without cyber protection. You suffer a breach; you get cybersecurity professionals to stop the attack and help with recovery.

Both events are preventable to a certain extent, and both have protective elements.

Throwing knives in the air hoping none hit you is just dumb. However, having medical insurance and a bit of first aid training can save your life.

Likewise, running a business without a cybersecurity program is also dumb. But with cyber insurance and cybersecurity training, you stand a better chance of not losing your business. Proper cyber programs can catch it, remediate it, and recover from it. The digital environment requires some proactive involvement just as other environments.

You cannot always prevent cuts or cyberattacks, but you can be prepared to save your life and your business.

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