Depending on what we’ve heard and where we have received our information from, it’s easy to have a different idea about what is and isn’t true about cybersecurity. Some may have an in-depth idea of what it is and how it works, while others might be equipped with only the basics. No matter what you have heard, there are cybersecurity myths floating around and we wanted to clear them up once and for all.
Myth #1: Small and medium-sized business won’t be targeted by cybercriminals
One may be under the impression that smaller sized businesses would not be a worthwhile candidate to target. We’re here to debunk this one, as it is definitely a myth. The truth is, any business, no matter its size, is vulnerable to cyber-attack. While there are larger businesses with more money and more information, hackers know that many smaller businesses don’t have the proper resources put in place to keep them out. This alone makes smaller businesses a potentially easier and more tempting target.
Myth #2: Cybersecurity is different from physical security
Actually, these two things have more in common than you might think. In many industries, there are physical items that hold information that should remain private and protected. Items such as medical devices, machines and paper documents are just as vulnerable to stealing. An example of this is an incident that occurred just this year. A laptop was stolen from an employee of CardioNet which held private information of 1,391 individuals. This resulted in a fine of $2.5 million. These items create a risk that have the ability to directly affect cybersecurity.
Myth #3: A firewall is the only thing you need to stay safe
In the world of cybersecurity, there is always new software or programs being promoted and encouraged to keep you and your business safe. Because of this, it’s not hard to see why many are under the impression that a firewall is all they truly need. Unfortunately, hackers are not a stranger to the strategies of a firewall. There are endless articles available that explain how to quickly bypass a firewall. In short, you’ll need more than a firewall to remain protected.
Myth #4: A strong password is good enough
Did you know passwords were not originally designed for security purposes? Rather, they were put in place to verify the user and provide authorization for what it is they are attempting to do. Earlier this year, Bill Bur, who created password guidelines, admitted these guidelines were a mistake. Similar to bypassing a firewall, it isn’t much of a challenge for cybercriminals to bypass passwords.
Myth #5: Just let the IT department handle cybersecurity
It may seem as though the IT department is the only department that needs to be concerned with cybersecurity. While the IT department absolutely has an important role, everyone has a responsibility to help remain cyber-safe. Hackers are well aware that there is a large number of people and staff members who are not fully prepared for an attack or are unaware of the warning signs. Cybercriminals are savvy in getting their victims to click on unsafe links and attachments – meaning everyone needs to be prepared.
Unfortunately, we could address cybersecurity misconceptions all day long. Cybersecurity is a growing industry constantly making advancements. As we continue to learn more, we continue to share our knowledge to implement the current best practices in cybersecurity. Want to learn more? Check out our events schedule and find a Secure360 conference near you.