5 Myths and truths about cybersecurity
1.Anti-Virus software and a firewall will protect your system.
Anti-Virus software and firewalls are extremely important, but they won’t protect you from every threat. 95% of successful cyber-attacks are caused by human error. Well-coordinated phishing campaign can penetrate business or organization defenses due to a lack of training.
2. Small businesses aren’t big targets.
Plenty of businesses around the world are thinking that they’re immune to hackers because they’re “too small” or don’t have any valuable data to steal. What businesses fail to realize is that any data is valuable to a cybercriminal.
3. Just a strong password is enough.
A strong password is enough to stand-up to multiple break-in attempts and, in some cases, hard to socially engineer. However, no matter how many numbers and special characters are used in your password, there is always a possibility that cybercriminals can bypass security protocols or that credentials can leak out in some way. It’s very important to use different passwords on each account and keep changing your passwords on a regular basis.
4. Threats are only external.
Most employees will say that cybersecurity threats come from the outside. Based on research statistics, nearly 75% of data breaches are an outcome of someone on the inside known as an “Insider Threat”. Therefore, training is essential.
5. IT department will take care everything.
IT department will take care of everything. Some employees generally believe it’s the IT specialist’s or IT department’s job to implement and review policies and take care of access management, but they cannot take care of everything. The responsibility lies on each employee’s shoulder when it comes to cybersecurity. If employees haven’t been trained enough, then they will end up clicking on unidentified links, download attachments, or in some cases, an employee will unknowingly give information to cybercriminals which is known as Social Engineering.