Building a collaborative cybersecurity culture with Gen Z employees

Gen Z’s digital fluency presents a valuable opportunity to strengthen your company’s cybersecurity posture. This blog post will explore strategies for fostering a collaborative cybersecurity culture where veteran employees and Gen Z newcomers can share knowledge and best practices.

With 2024 rolling on, the Gen Z workforce is poised to join the workforce in droves. Just like millennials, they’ll bring unique strengths, but also potential security risks. Growing up digital doesn’t guarantee cyber-savviness. Entrepreneur warns that Gen Z workers may share information more freely than they should online, blurring lines between real and virtual friends. Hackers could exploit this by crafting fake profiles to steal personal and even work data.

Password hygiene is another concern, as a Harris Poll reveals more than three-fourths of Gen Z workers reuse passwords across accounts, even more than previous generations. This means that companies should pay closer attention to implementing data protection policies, as safe browsing habits and data tracking awareness are also projected to be areas for improvement for this generation of workers.

Over the next few years, there’s a good chance that you will hire a Gen Z-er for some role in your business. You’re probably wondering how you can prepare your cybersecurity so it’s ready to handle whatever the next generation brings. It’s important that you’re proactive in your strategy. Waiting until you already have Gen Z-ers in your workplace could leave your information unprotected or make your company open to cyberattacks.

Here’s what you can do to foster a cybersecurity culture with your Gen Z and other employees:

Provide training

The first thing you can do is create a comprehensive information security training program for your employees. It’s important to foster a company culture of cyber awareness where employees learn from each other, and this can only be done by systematically injecting security habits into daily processes. Also aim to regularly update training to reflect new tech and software.

Implement cybersecurity tools

Aside from training your employees, you should also make use of technologies that help strengthen your security posture. Password managers are an excellent example because they can be used to generate strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts, eliminating the risk of domino-effect breaches. These are also useful for storing multiple passwords securely, so that users won’t be tempted to write them down on a piece of paper or save them on their smartphone’s notes application.

Work with an MSP

It’s also a good idea to partner with a managed IT services provider (MSP) for a holistic security solution. MSPs can provide 24/7 monitoring, data encryption, network protection, and security training — essentially serving as a cybersecurity shield against the evolving threats Gen Z may unwittingly introduce. Basically, all of your cybersecurity concerns will be covered when you hire an MSP, and you won’t even have to worry about the next generation making things more difficult.

The bottom line: be proactive. As more Gen Z employees enter the workforce, businesses nationwide need to adapt their cybersecurity strategies to stay ahead of the curve. Make your cybersecurity pursuits simpler, no matter which generation is involved, by partnering with us. Contact us today to learn more.

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