10 Common Misleading Thoughts on Cyber Security

Finding the right fit for your company’s cyber security needs can be challenging.  Some business owners simply don’t see the importance of seeking out cyber security solutions, leaving their business and employees defenseless.  We understand the mindset of our customers and we will give you the truth to the 10 most common misleading thoughts about cyber security for your business.

1.  “We’re not a big company – what information of ours is important to hackers?”

Any of it!  Hackers can access and use any of your information regardless of the size of your company.  Sure, the news covered stories about cyber attacks against big companies like eBay, JP Morgan, and Target in the past.  In order for your business to grow, you must consider options to protect it from the inside.

2.  “We have other priorities like our customers, finances, etc.”

We understand that you built your company for the sake of the customer.  But cyber security needs to be your first priority because it should be the foundation of your business.  You cannot take care of your customers, finances, contracts, or networking opportunities if hackers infect your entire business with some kind of cyber threat.  Protecting your information comes first.

3.  “We’re just starting out – there’s hardly any information to steal.”

Maybe this is true, but you’re still susceptible to cyber infestations and once you do have important information worth taking, your system will already be hacked.  Think of it this way: Let’s say you bought a new house with a beautiful front lawn, full of potential for growth and vibrant life.  Do you neglect that front lawn and hope it stays in perfect shape?  No – you invest in sprinkler systems to water it regularly, you cultivate the soil, you pluck weeds, and you hire professionals to get rid of harmful insects, worms, or rodents that might destroy the potential your front lawn has.  If you don’t invest in protecting your business, cyber “insects” will destroy the potential of your business from the inside.

4.  “Cyberattacks only affect large companies.  We’ll be fine!”

Fake news!  43% of cyber attacks target small businesses but the media will always advertise big business security breaches.  This misconstrues the truth and allows small-to-midsize business owners to believe that cybercriminals only focus on large companies.

5.  “Our anti-virus software protects us.”

Sure, free AV software may have protected your Internet searches and your e-mails 20 years ago, but cyber security is not only an ever-changing industry, but also an ever-expanding industry.  There is new development, research, and innovation discovered on a daily basis.  But that also means new cybercriminals learn new tricks every day.  It is up to each company to care about its potential and its customers enough to protect it when those new cybercrimes emerge.

6.  “Our company computers are brand new.  They’re safe for now.”

“For now?!”  New computers do not equal powerful security reinforcements.  That’s not how it works.  Don’t leave your company defenseless.

7.  “My computer is protected and I am educated about cybersecurity, so the rest of my business will be fine.”

It is great to have a protected computer and education on cybersecurity is a great tool.  However, it is up to you, the business owner, to educate your employees on protection and to invest in the protection of their systems, as well.  One protected computer is not a protective blanket – it means there are still vulnerabilities to take care of.

8.  “Even if we got hacked, it would be our IT department’s fault.”

This is entirely false.  Companies implement IT departments to monitor your system’s infrastructure, manage  system updates, and use the tools available to them to watch out for malware, viruses, or ransomware.  It is up to you to provide the tools that will allow them to fend off these attacks – but without the proper tools, the IT department will be as defenseless as the rest of your company.

9.  “Our data is backed up into the cloud, so we’re safe.”

Cloud-based security is a whole other ballpark and requires it’s own security.  The cloud is appealing for recovering a lost file you accidentally deleted a few days ago – not so appealing when malware infects your company’s system.

10.  “We trust our employees.  They would never be an insider threat.”