Four common cyber security misconceptions

Businesses are trying to best prepare themselves for the exponential number of attacks that are occurring each day. Below are four common cyber security misconceptions that could be putting your business at risk.

Cyber Security Misconception
Posted on: October 9th, 2019 onPlatinum

Companies face cyber security issues each day. As a result, businesses are trying to best prepare themselves for the exponential number of attacks that are occurring each day. Below are four common cyber security misconceptions that could be putting your business at risk.

1.  A strong password will keep the business safe

One of the most common cyber security misconceptions is that strong passwords will keep a business safe. While strong passwords are one of the foundations of cybersecurity best practices, they can still be cracked. Additionally, hackers can infiltrate accounts through trial and error, or sometimes without even requiring individual account passwords. Many businesses think they can rely solely on employees using strong passwords that aren’t shared or reused. However, this isn’t enough. Companies should consider utilising multi-factor authentication and data monitoring to secure their systems and monitor what information is available to employees.

2. The business is too small to be a target

Many companies have the mindset of “it won’t happen to me” because their business is small. The news only reports on high-profile cases, tricking small to medium businesses into believing that they won’t be a target to cyber crimes. However, small businesses are the target of almost half of all cyber crimes. Many are unable to continue operating after an attack. Small businesses need to be educated on these risks and invest in better digital security to protect themselves.

3. The IT department manages security so nobody else needs to worry

A common cyber security misconception is that the IT department is responsible for managing security. Furthermore, research has found that the IT department is held ultimately accountable for breaches, even above employees directly involved. An attack can be as simple as opening an email attachment. Anyone within an organisation has the power to harm, or help, security. Find out more about why cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, not just the IT guys.

4. If a device is infected it will be immediately obvious

People often misconceive that a cyber-attack will be obvious, and they will be able to spot an intrusion immediately. Many cyber criminals use stealthy methods to access networks and devices undetected. As a result, they can go unnoticed for months, searching the network or lying dormant until required.

Keeping a business cyber secure is a continuous effort. While it is difficult to cover every basis, with proper protection and education, your business will be in a better position if it encounters a cyber-attack and tackle these common cyber security misconceptions.

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