When reviewing an organisation’s security culture, there are some hard questions that need to be addressed:
- What type of security culture do they have;
- What does it mean;and
- Does it support and demonstrate correct security behaviours
It is easy to say but, the question is, does
- The organisations promote it
- Drive it from the top-down, support it; and
- Continue to develop it.
If not, there is a risk of cataphoric consequences; it applies to all types of organisations, large or small.
Developing and sustaining an influential security culture is an essential component of a protective security regime. It helps mitigate against a range of threats that could cause physical, reputational or financial damage to organisations. Security culture refers to the set of values, shared by everyone in an organisation, that determine how people are expected to think about and approach security. Getting security culture right will help develop a security-conscious workforce and promote the desired security behaviours you want from staff.
Many organisations want to embed a positive and effective security culture where security is a collective responsibility shared by everyone in an organisation. It takes time, investment, and continual review. It can, for some, involve a challenge and change of mindset. Interportpolice will provide you with a variety of materials to help your organisation assess its security culture, direct and shape its security culture initiatives. Understanding what your current security culture is like, and how you would like it to be in the future is an essential step towards shaping a culture that is fit for purpose.
Our short virtual classroom course will help you understand the importance of a positive security culture. The benefits of an organisation with such a culture are:
- A workforce that is more likely to be engaged with, and take responsibility for, security issues
- Increased compliance with protective security measures
- Reduced risk of insider incidents
- Awareness of the most relevant security threats
- Employees are more likely to think and act in a security-conscious manner
- A productive workforce
- A reduction in loss of staff
- Integration of security, safety and quality management
- Assures the organisation
- Empowers decision making
- Becomes more agile and resilient
- Prevents things escalating, saves revenue and protects its reputation