Raising a Cybersecurity Culture

Globally, the number of cyberattacks has increased since the pandemic began. Although technical security measures aid in securing your company, your staff’s actions will determine if it survives.

What is Cybersecurity Culture

Developing a cybersecurity culture is one of the best strategies for a business to lower its cyber risk. This requires instilling in workers the belief that the risk is present and is affected by their everyday behaviour. A company’s cybersecurity culture is crucial because it helps safeguard assets like technology and data. It must be a component of a larger business culture of daily activities that motivate employees to make deliberate choices that comply with security standards.

Cybersecurity awareness is only one aspect of a security culture. The staff must know the security risk and the procedure to reduce that risk. The firm is kept safe by developing and enforcing an operating method of tasks. Most businesses have invested years and numerous resources in acquiring and creating their data asset, so if it is lost, stolen, or damaged, it could negatively influence their financial situation.

Difference Between Cybersecurity Culture and Security Awareness

Security awareness is a lifelong learning process that results in demonstrable organisational advantages from long-lasting behavioural change. The distinction between cybersecurity culture and cybersecurity awareness is that the latter can be considered a subset of the former.

Cognition or employee awareness is one component of the cybersecurity culture. The cybersecurity culture programme encompasses behaviours, attitudes, norms, beliefs, interactions, values, and awareness to take a deeper and more comprehensive look at an employee’s cybersecurity posture.

Strategies to Build a Culture of Cybersecurity

Adapting appropriate cybersecurity practices to daily life presents a problem. Annual PowerPoint slideshows or “cyberwashing” will not produce the desired outcome. Here are some tactics that experts advise using to create a strong cybersecurity culture:

Get your Leadership Team on Board

One of the earliest and most crucial stages in creating a security culture is this. The organisation will need to set aside funds for this endeavour, and top-level management backing can speed its implementation. Management must recognise the value of a cybersecurity culture and how, over time, it can reduce costs and protect reputation.

The initiative’s value will be made clear and inspire participation from other staff members with the support of executive involvement. The organisation as a whole can be encouraged to improve its cybersecurity capabilities by an executive cybersecurity champion.

Foster Accountability

Establish precise security guidelines for all staff members when using company data and IT equipment. Ensure that it is forbidden to utilise any hardware or software the company does not give. Experience has taught us that accountability is the cornerstone of sensible solutions. Therefore, infractions must be handled and penalised regardless of a person’s level or position.

Raise Awareness

The only way to prevent data breaches that undermine organisational trust is to do this. Verify that the precautions are being followed. Employees must know the security guidelines that apply to organisational and customer information. Additionally, it’s critical to spread knowledge in a manner suited to the target audience. For instance, anyone who uses a mobile device should be aware of “shoulder surfing” and always utilise a VPN.

Make Communication Easy

Threats should be dealt with in a coordinated manner through communication. All employees can easily and swiftly report questionable conduct thanks to precise, straightforward methods. Don’t criticise the person involved if the activity turns out to be risk-free. Think about including cybersecurity in the yearly employee review.

Test With Real-World Scenarios

Tests and exercises are the most excellent way to prepare staff members for attacks. Thanks to them, you can observe how well they react in an emergency and what they do to lessen the incident. It is, of course, a lifelong process of learning. The entire organisation gains when every person is taught and informed of the hazards. The integrity of an organisation includes having a robust security culture. As a result, cybersecurity culture needs to be reviewed, improved upon, and modified regularly.

Arm Your Team With The Right Tools

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s essential to fostering a cybersecurity culture. Help your teams internalise these concepts by providing a tool that helps keep these issues at the forefront. Invigorate Insight’s IT security, and cybersecurity compliance capabilities allow you to detect whether assets meet your organisation’s security standards and other external compliance needs. It flags those assets that require special attention, as well as detects assets running unauthorised software, and checks assets with upcoming warranty expirations.

Security Training Should Not be Feared

One should not be motivated to refrain from clicking on phishing emails out of fear of retaliation. Yet many businesses offer their employees nothing but sticks and no benefits.

We must change the narrative about cybersecurity training and behaviour to make security and security training something people actively want to participate in. It is time to acknowledge that this is an ineffective and culturally toxic dead-end road.

Rewarding excellent security habits, such as reporting phishing attempts, finishing the training on time, or participating in volunteer activities, is one of the most efficient methods.

Reframing security engagement and achievement as something to be celebrated rather than dreaded or shunned is a goal worth pursuing. However, what you can offer as a reward will probably differ depending on your company and circumstances.


Humans are sophisticated creatures who adhere to societal customs and routines. Peer pressure can easily influence a person’s behaviour to fit in. The same holds for internet behaviour. Understanding group norms and behaviours inside an organisation are crucial.

Everyone in the organisation, from top management to entry-level employees, is a part of the organisation’s broader cybersecurity culture. Each employee is in charge of their cybersecurity procedures. Employees should receive the proper equipment and ongoing training to adhere to the organisation’s cybersecurity policy.

Nick Roddick

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Elpidoforos Arapantonis

Senior IT security manager at Volvo

Elpidoforos Arapantonis aka Elpis is Chief Product Security Officer at ecarx in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has academic background in electronics with M.Sc. degrees in distributed systems, as well as in information security. He has long experience working in projects around Autonomous Driving, and Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems in OEMs, from the cybersecurity point of view. His current focus is cybersecurity on infotainment systems as well as vehicles’ off board systems.

Anders Jared

CISO at Bravida

With decades in the area of security I now lead the IT and information security work within Systembolaget AB. This proactive engagement together with my background of analyzing security breaches in criminal investigations renders me a unique understanding of both threats and prevention possibilities in our digitalized world.

Anthony Herrin

Nordic Head of Cyber Underwriting at RiskPoint Group

Anthony has 15 years of experience in the insurance industry with roles within both broking and underwriting. He has focused on cyber risk and insurance since 2015 and is CISM certified. Whilst predominantly on the broking side at Aon, JLT and Marsh over the last few years, he has recently moved to an underwriting role at Riskpoint and will lead their team of Nordic Underwriters.

Bernard Helou

Head of IT Governance at Lendo Group

Bernard has 15 years experience in information security. He has been working as a
cybersecurity consultant to CAC40 companies in Paris for 9 years before taking internal roles as information security manager. From security awareness to data protection strategy or
contingency plans, he has a good overview of security best practices.

Moa Mörner


Moa Mörner is an experienced Data Protection Officer with a demonstrated history of working with questions concerning processing on a large scale of special categories of personal data, both for Controllers and Processors. She is skilled in data protection law, advising on strategic level as well as operative, assessments and recommendations, educating, and managing incidents of personal data breaches. Moa is strong advocate for making data protection and information security working together, when the perspective of the individual (data protection) and the perspective of the organization (information security) allows it.

Today Moa is Group DPO at SJ AB.

Jacqueline Jönsson

CISO at Danish Energy Grid

During my 20+ years in the security sector I have a good feeling about what works in practice and gives results and what doesn’t. The part that engages me most is integration of technical security with legal and financial aspects as well as people’s behavior.

Core skill is CISO work and guiding board members and executives about cybersecurity, operational resilience and business assurance.

Also advice on regulations, directives and practices for the financial services and energy sector.

Jonas Rendahl

CISO at Aurobay

My name is Jonas Rendahl and I work as CISO at Aurobay (Powertrain Engineering Sweden AB). I live south of Gothenburg with my wife and daughter.

I started my interest in computers and security at an early age. I have worked within IT since early 2000 but I have worked within many different industries and areas before that. Within IT I have worked with things like development, support, testing, management, audits, disaster and recovery, architecture, operational security and almost all aspects of security you can think of.

I have a keen interest in security and love the fact that it is such a dynamic and ever-evolving industry. From all of my experiences I have learnt that nothing is static and that all experiences are something to learn from.

I am a rather pragmatic person in such respect that I try to listen the organization’s needs and weigh that against potential risks and possible and plausible security measures. I am a firm believer in simplicity over complexity and in setting up the foundation for fruitful conversations by first defining the boundaries and basic concepts to ensure everyone understand each other.

Klas Themner

CISO/Deputy CEO at AMRA Medica

Klas Themner has, as AMRA’s Chief Information Security Officer, overall responsibility for the management of the company’s information security. Klas has been at AMRA since 2017, mostly in the role of COO, also keeping the role of deputy CEO. Before joining AMRA Medical he had 20+ years of experience as COO & CFO in a number of different listed medical device companies within advanced medical image processing and across all imaging modalities. Previously to Life Science, Klas spent 10 years with the Swedish defense industry. He has an engineering background and holds a PhD in Nuclear Physics from Lund University.

Lorena Carthy-Wilmot

Senior advisor in Digital Policing (DPA) at Lillestrøm police station

Former Head of the Forensic Technology Services Lab at PwC in Oslo. Now Senior Advisor in the field of Digital Forensics at the Norwegian Police, East District.


Future leader of cybersecurity sector at Einride

I'm a Senior Security Advisor within the IT/Telco domain with more than 25+ years in the industry.

Thea Sogenbits

CISO at Estonian Tax and Customs Board

Thea maintains tax secrecy of everyone in Estonia. As CISO of the Estonian Tax and Customs
Board she leads the security vision and information security management programme as well as the certified information security organization within the ETCB.

Her academic research focuses on the value chains and business models of professional
organized cross-border transnational cybercrime.

She trains and mentors military, public and private executives on hybrid defense and integration of next level defenses to organizational daily policies, practices and culture.

Thomas Evertsson

Head of IT security at DNB Bank

If you are looking for an efficient, Get the Job Done IT Manager with high ambitions then you've found the right person. I am inspired by a fast pace and successfully driving change, both organizational and technical. I see myself as a realistic optimist who is happy to share ideas and knowledge with others. Experience has taught me to be honest, cohesive and consistent, factors I see as important to success.

Tomi Dahlberg

Senior Advisor Cyber Security at State Treasury of Finland

My executive work, IT management and governance centric career started in 1976. I'm still passionate about these topics as they evolve all the time. Since 1984 I've worked in managerial and since 1988 in executive positions in business, academy and consulting (ABC). Business executive is my main career path.

I have worked in business executive positions in software (e.g. Unic), finance (e.g. Danske Bank), telecom operator (e.g. Elisa), nanotechnology, executive consultancy, and IT services. I have written 70+ publications both academic and practical as a part-time professor in business schools since the year 2000 . My research motive is to understand in depth issues that I conduct in business.

Executive work expertise areas: Corporate governance and board work, change management and leadership, strategy work & management, business models, business development, innovation management, finance.

IT executive expertise areas: governance and management of IT, OT, digital business and platform business, CIO/CDO work, IT service management, data management, business and IS development methods.

Benjamin Bauchmann

CISO at Ströer SE & Co. KGa

Speaking session - March 16th, 2023

Visibility is crucial: E-criminals will find your internet-facing assets you do not know much about

You can only protect the assets you know of, so it’s important to have a high visibility on all your internet-facing assets. Even more in times like these in which states/hackers/the bad guys try to cause havoc. They do not need to target you specifically, but they will find your assets, you do not know about.
Biography: If he had been in Troy then, the city would still be standing today. When it comes to security, most people rely on offerings to the IT gods. Not so Benjamin Bachmann, because he sees cyber security as a holistic issue that must consider and address the triad of people, organization and technology in equal measure. In other words, they form the foundation of a sustainable and livable security culture. An industrial engineer by training, he felt called to promulgate these early on on behalf of various consulting firms. Today, as Vice President Group Information Security at Ströer, he is responsible for the strategic security of the entire Group and develops implementable, useable and human-centered security concepts for the subsidiaries. Privately, he has been battling with his friends for years to see who can bake the best wholemeal sourdough bread, is on a sustainable journey and shows that cyber security is not dry-as-dust topic.

Tobias Ander

CISO at Örebro kommun

Speaking session - March 16th, 2023

Raising a cybersecurity culture! - Why is it so important?

Tobias will be delivering an insightful talk on how to comprehend the security implications of a futuristic security strategy. This talk will focus on the importance of incorporating the security function into crucial decisions, and will provide an overview of what such a strategy would look like. He will examine the emerging technologies in the field of security, and explore how they will influence the security strategies of tomorrow.
Biography: Tobias Ander got more than 20 years of experience in information security. Today he is CISO at Örebro Kommun, runs his own company Securebyme and recently released the book Informationssäkerhetskultur (Information security culture) in swedish. Tobias was awarded “This year’s GRC-profile” in 2017 for his commitment in Governance Risk and Compliance.

Ståle Risem-Johansen

CISO at Spare Bank

Experienced senior manager with 20+ within Energy sector as CIO and CISO. Chairman of the Board of Nationwide Security forum in Norway (Energy Sector) for 7 years. Confident with working with regulator and The Office of the Auditor General Strong relationship-builder always aiming to Learn more. If security is done the proper way it will become a business enabler. Currently hold the position as CISO in SpareBank 1 SMN – a part of SpareBank 1 alliance.

Raviv Raz

Cyber & AI Innovation at Ing

Speaking session - March 16th, 2023

How will AI impact CyberSecurity in near future

  • AI is gradually taking a prominent part in Cybersecurity
  • Recent developments in offensive AI pose, in a close future, threat to  conventional security measures, arming malicious hackers with a powerful  technology previously unavailable to the masses
  • Innovative Advancements on both sides of the force
  • Is AI going to help to save the security staffing shortage or lead to a dark future

Raviv has pioneered and disrupted several domains in Cybersecurity including:

  • Network Access Control
  • Web Behaviour Analytics
  • Programming Language Processing

As part of his R&D work in ING he co-founded the CodeFix and PurpleAI innovation initiatives: reducing false-positive alerts in application security testing and using AI in offensive security testing.
Specialising in Application Security, Raviv has blogged, lectured, appeared in the news and released open-source tools used by tens of thousands of hackers.

Including R.U.D.Y that appeared on the TV show Mr. Robot