With so many security threats on the horizon, it may be comforting to know the strongest security asset is already inside the company that is their employees. Each and every employee plays a very vital role in strengthening the security set up of the Company. Company security policies are designed to create a safe workplace for employees and management. Company management develops security policies, but employees have responsibilities toward those policies to maintain a safe, secure and effective workplace.
Management develops workplace security policies and training programs to familiarize employees with the ways to maintain a safe workplace. But management cannot force employees to understand all of the policies. It is the responsibility of employees to benefit from workplace security training and to come away with a comprehensive understanding of policies. If an employee does not understand a policy, or did not get information on a security measure, he or she must approach management to get clarification or more information.
Employees need to remain vigilant when it comes to executing security policies in the workplace. When an employee sees suspicious activity, he needs to follow security procedures and report it. A workplace security policy is effective only if it is used and practiced. Employees should make it a point to attend all security training classes and to be ready to use security procedures at all times. Part of employee responsibility in maintaining a company security policy is being responsible for his own area.
Employees need to make sure that their work areas adhere to security standards, and each employee must be certain that her personal effects in the work area do not hamper security. For example, if an employee has a large plant on top of his file cabinet that blocks a security camera, that plant needs to be moved. Employees need to have respect for corporate security procedures to allow those procedures to be effective. For example, an employee should refuse to assist a coworker in bypassing the card-swiping entry system because the coworker forgot her access card.
The employee should remind the coworker of the security procedure in place for people who misplace their access cards. New security threats and identity theft schemes are being developed every day, and large corporations continually invest millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours to keep their information and identity safe and their network secure. But investing time and money into securing the organization and its customers can be completely undermined if employees don’t understand their role in the security plan.