Culture impacts security!

Dspite having the greatest security technologies in the world, a fool with a tool is still a fool. But what defines a fool? Let us for once step beyond knowledge and experience, because even with great knowledge and experience, one can be a fool ;-(

In an earlier blog, I already wrote about causes and effects, with as as sequence culture, governance, processes, and IT infrastructure, whilst securing an organisation, its services, and its data.  Organisations can be large and small, and with tight and abundant security budgets. Still, culture can be an enabler, and a disabler.

We like seeing innovative and flexible teams that bring security to the next level. And what do such teams need, to be in such a flow? TRUST!

Just read the quote from Neale Donald Walsch below:

And this concept of fear and love also applies to the workspace. Consider what are the motivators in your organisation:

  • fearpunishment for failure, shame, bossy bosses, or
  • lovebeing connected, accepting errors and mistakes, and sharing the learnings of failure

Fear causes staff to avoid, e.g. not be creative, not try, hide mistakes, and hinders an organisation to learn. And as s a contrary, love or in business terms being connected, stimulates being a learning organisation, where people share, are creative and try new things.

Please take a moment and estimate a rating, let us presume that working with 100% fear in mind rates as a 1, and with 100% love in mind as a 10. How do you rate:

  • yourself
  • your team
  • your organisation

It is up to you to determine what rate defines a fool. But I do guess you do agree with a low score …

And as a  homework from this blog, how does your rate impact security in your organisation. Also, if you rate high, how can you maintain that score over time. And if you score low, what do you and others need to do, to become a more creative, learning, and security organisation?