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  • 06 June 2023
  • 3 min read

What is the employee role in cyber security?

In your organisation's cyber security, your employees hold 5 key responsibilities. They include creating a culture, password management, confidentiality and keeping an eye on emerging threats.
FAQ What is the employee role in cyber secuirty

Cyber security is a critical concern for organisations of all sizes and sectors. While many rely on advanced technologies and dedicated security teams to safeguard their systems, you must not overlook the role of employees in maintaining a secure environment.

In this blog post, we will explore the necessity of employee engagement in cyber security efforts and highlight the 5 key responsibilities your employees hold in protecting organisational data:

1. Employees create the security culture

When security leaders foster a mindset that values and prioritises cyber security, employees become aware of potential threats and have built-in behaviours they can rely on. Cultivating an awareness of security risks, promoting responsible technology usage, and instilling good cyber security practices across all levels and departments is simply a must-do. When employees understand the significance of their role in safeguarding sensitive information, they become more vigilant, proactive, and better equipped to identify and respond to potential security incidents. You can maximise their awareness with role-based, language-specific learning and refresher materials.

2. Practicing strong password creation and management

One of the most crucial responsibilities employees have in cybersecurity is practicing strong password hygiene. Weak passwords are a common vulnerability that can be easily exploited by cyber criminals. Employees should be educated on the importance of creating complex, unique passwords and regularly updating them. Implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) for accessing sensitive systems or data should also be adopted.

3. Recognising and reporting

Employees have a duty to report cyber attack attempts. Phishing attacks continue to be a prevalent threat, often targeting employees through deceptive emails, messages, or phone calls. Employees must be trained to identify the signs of a phishing attempt so they can help prevent data breaches and other malicious activities. Regular cyber security awareness training can provide employees with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify and handle phishing attempts effectively, bolstering the organisation's defence against these threats.

4. Upholding confidentiality

Employees handle vast amounts of confidential data on a daily basis. Therefore, it is crucial for employees to understand their role in safeguarding this sensitive information. This means adhering to data protection policies, encryption protocols and secure file sharing practices. By being mindful of data privacy regulations and implementing appropriate security measures, employees contribute to maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of your organisation.

5. Staying updated

The cyber security landscape is constantly evolving – yes, that old cliché – with new threats and vulnerabilities emerging on a weekly basis. To fulfil their role effectively, employees need to stay informed about the latest security best practices. This can be achieved through ongoing training, awareness programs, and regular communication from the organisation's security team on cyber security news and trends. This helps employees to adapt their behaviours and practices to align with current cyber security trends, thereby minimising the risk of falling victim to new attack vectors.


Employees hold a crucial role in maintaining a robust cyber security posture within organisations. By fostering a culture of security, practicing strong password hygiene, recognising, and reporting phishing attempts, protecting confidential information, and staying updated on security best practices, employees become active participants in the organisation's security culture.

Want to make your employees into security champions?

If you would like more informationabout how The Security Company can deliver engaging and effective cyber security training and awareness materials for organisations of all sizes or how we have helped transform security cultures for over 25 years ... please contact our Head of Business Development and Sales,  Jenny Mandley.

The Security Company's vast library of customised and non-customised products and services are tailored for small, medium and large organisations and are available in a variety of languages. We also offer bespoke solutions for organisations that desire training and awareness materials built from the ground up.

Written by
Nas Ali
Cyber security and awareness content creator focused on emerging threats and the next wave of cyber security risks like AI, deepfakes and tech 4.0 initiatives in order to build towards a more secure organisational culture.
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