We’ve had so much on our plates these past 34 months or so that it can be easy to focus on the most apparent workplace issues and challenges.
While it’s understandable if cybersecurity and your personal cyber awareness weren’t necessarily top of mind in 2022, we need to be more cyber aware than ever. I began paying serious attention to cybersecurity, and learning about it, when supporting a board and its committees. One of those committees focused on technology, and I soon began reading and learning more on my own time about how to spot and reduce or mitigate risks.
Not all of us have the benefit of such exposure to this key business issue, which continues to become increasingly personal – whether your career is currently hybrid, remote or entirely onsite. However, if you’ve attended any of my cybersecurity training presentations, or read my articles on apps and the need for all of us to become increasingly aware of both business and personal cyber risks, you’ll know there are steps each of us can take to mitigate those risks.
This begins with awareness, which I seek to elevate through these surveys and LinkedIn posts as well as articles and presentations.
My sixth annual survey focusing on cyber awareness
When I published my first Weekend Poll focused on cybersecurity, in October 2017, almost 20% of those who responded said they had limited (or no) awareness of the topic. Less than half (48%) said they’d received cybersecurity training through their employers. The good news: this percentage increased to 56.5% in 2018 and, by 2021, rose to 84%.
The bad news: Cyber criminals, also known as hackers and threat actors, continue to evolve some pretty sophisticated practices. That, and the extent to which we blur our personal and business lives and hardware, means we shouldn’t let up in terms of routinely building awareness. With this in mind, let’s see how we’re doing with cyber awareness, and how to spot and mitigate risks in the year ahead. This leads me to ask: