Like almost everything that happens with the cyberspace, there’s a whole lot of misconceptions about cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is one of the most integral aspects of business in today’s world. Most organizations have finally started to invest in cyber defence and training. However, despite all of the focus on making organizations cyber secure, there are several misconceptions and myths about cybersecurity that should be avoided.
Here are 10 cybersecurity myths you need to stop believing right now:
- Your business is too small for a cyberattack
This is one of the most common cybersecurity myths that need to be debunked right this instant. A lot of Small and Mid-Sized Businesses (SMEs) think that they are safe from any kind of digital threats because they’re off the radar. Hackers don’t care about the scale of your organization to target it. Of course, some prefer to hack the bigger organizations, but most cyber attackers would settle for smaller businesses. Small business owners should consider investing in better a security system
- Anti-virus/Anti-malware is good enough
No anti-virus or anti-malware can keep your system safe from all types of cyberattacks. This software relies on a large database that has information about all the malware/viruses out there. However, if the hackers use a new kind of malware to infect your network or PC then there’s a high chance that this anti-virus software won’t be able to detect those. So, don’t solely rely on such software. They are only the first line of defence for your system and you should always have multiple defending options available.
- Our passwords are strong
No password can be 100% secure. No matter how many numbers and special characters you use in your passwords, there’s always a possibility that they can be cracked or leaked in some way. Most people think that their regular passwords are strong enough to stand against multiple break-in attempts. However, that’s a wrong mentality to have.
This is why it’s very important to keep changing your passwords regularly. It could be weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, but you need to regularly change your passwords, and have your employees change theirs.
- Our industry doesn’t have any cyber threats
This is Wrong! Every industry is at risk. If you are connected to the internet in one way or another then you are at risk of getting digitally attacked. Hackers target whatever they can, whenever they can.
- Bringing your device is safe
Well, it’s cost-effective to have your employees bring in and connect their devices to your organization’s network, but it also comes with some risks. Most employees have a bunch of personal devices ranging from a PC to their smartphone and when they connect to your network, it also becomes a whole new entry point for hackers.
It only takes one weak link to bring cripple and bring down the entire network. Make sure that all users adhere to your cybersecurity policies before they can use their devices.
- Our cybersecurity system is PERFECT
No one is perfect!
You can never be too sure about your cybersecurity ever. Technology is advancing with each passing hour. The unending evolution of technology also means that new threats are emerging each day. You need to constantly adapt newer cybersecurity policies and practices to avoid any havoc.
- Threats are only external
Most people will tell you that cybersecurity threats come from the outside. Some hackers sitting in a dark basement trying to hack into your organization’s network. But, they can not be any more wrong. Most of the cyber attacks, nearly 75% of data breaches are a result of someone on the inside. A disgruntled employee, an ex-employee with a grudge, or just an ignorant user on your network can grant access to your entire organization’s data resulting in a massive data breach. It’s always a good idea to train your employees and teach them about cyber threats.
- IT department will take care of it
Well, normally it’s the IT departments job to implement and review policies but they cannot take care of everything. The responsibility lies on each employees shoulder when it comes to cybersecurity. Employees should be properly trained to avoid downloading malware through emails or unsafe websites. There should be clear policies regarding cyber safety.
- We don’t need tests or training
This could be the most dangerous and fatal myth out there. Watching YouTube videos or reading a few cybersecurity-related articles will not bring them up to speed with all the risks and counter-measures. Penetration tests and assessments should be conducted regularly to find any vulnerabilities and fix them in time.
- We will see the virus right away
Most sophisticated viruses sit on your computer, avoiding any detection. These viruses can do massive damage which could be data leaks, sensitive information leaks, etc. Carry out regular checks to find any infections on your systems right away.
So there you have it: the 10 top cybersecurity myths. What other common misconceptions are you seeing? Let us know in the comments below.