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Tip four — test digital risk awareness frequently and in an unplanned way


25 October 2016

Ramy Houssaini

Blogs by author: Ramy Houssaini, Vice President of Security Europe, BT.


Ramy Houssaini knows cyber security inside out. Here’s the fourth of his ten top tips for keeping your data, and organisation, secure.

Test digital risk awareness frequently and in an unplanned way.

It might sound obvious, but it’s vital that you make sure your people are informed about recent threats, such as email scams.

This is particularly pertinent to VIPs in your company — the C-suite, and other people with access to the most valuable information.

These people need to be especially aware of the threat landscape, and the risks involved in what they do and on the different platforms they use.

So the action you need to take here, is to test. You need to assess people’s awareness, and you need to do it often. Many organisations have an annual ‘cyber security awareness day’, and while the idea behind that is great, one day is not enough.

And, on top of making them more common, you also need to ensure that tests are unexpected. Give people time to prepare, and you’ll never find out how ready they really are for a cyber attack.

To find out how BT can help you develop your cyber security procedures and culture, take a look at our governance, risk and compliance consulting pages.

You can review Ramy’s previous tip, on how to predict, rather than react to, cyber threats, here.

And keep an eye out for my next top tip, where I’ll focus on security as a service.