4 popular cybersecurity myths – busted!

We live in a digital world. That’s just a reality. And just like criminals in the physical world, cybercriminals continuously develop new tactics and techniques to get what they want. From credential hacks to sophisticated ransomware attacks, they have many tricks up their sleeves.

With that being said, there is A LOT of noise about cybersecurity out there. If you’re unfamiliar with technology and current cyberthreat trends, it might be hard to determine the best strategy to protect your organization.

Breaking down some of the biggest cybersecurity myths is an excellent place to start.

Myth #1: Cybersecurity is just one solution

We get it. The concept of cybersecurity can feel abstract and intangible, which makes it easy to ignore or undervalue. Grounding it in physical reality can help. Think of your business as stacks of hundred-dollar bills just sitting on a table in the middle of a wide-open field. You can take the “single solution” approach and put it in a safe, but it would still be in the middle of a field. More than likely, you would build a building around that safe, build a fence around the building, add a security system, put a security guard in the entrance… you get the idea.

The same principles apply to cybersecurity. Just like there is more than one way for cybercriminals to attack your business, there is more than one solution to ensure it is protected. A robust, multi-layered strategy includes employee security awareness training, physical security measures, and a web of defenses for your network and devices. You should consider all of these measures to create a “cyber fortress” around your business.

Myth #2: Only large businesses become the victims of cyberattacks

If you fall for this myth, it could severely damage your organization. The truth is that small businesses are actually targeted more frequently by cybercriminals. Three times more likely, according to a recent report from researchers at cloud security company Barracuda Networks. The reason why is simple. A small business’ network is much easier to compromise than a large business with more resources. And they are less likely to recover from an attack unless they pay a ransom.

Myth #3: Antivirus software and a firewall is all you need

Nothing could be further from the truth. This is similar to the “single solution” approach. Antivirus software and firewalls are just part of a comprehensive solution. They don’t provide protection from all the threats that can exploit your vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity preparedness is about being aware of potential dangers, taking the necessary precautions, and deploying all the appropriate solutions to protect yourself. This includes both technology tools and following best practices in policies and user training.

Myth #4: I’m not responsible for cybersecurity

Many businesses and their employees believe that their IT department or IT service provider is solely responsible for protecting them against cyberthreats. While the IT service department/IT service provider bears significant responsibility for cybersecurity, hackers often target employees because they are usually the weakest link. It’s your responsibility as a business leader to provide regular security awareness training and your employees’ responsibility to practice good cyber hygiene.

A Managed IT Service Provider can help

Cybersecurity myths can lull businesses into a false sense of security, leaving them vulnerable to attacks. This is where a Managed IT Service Provider can help. We can help you separate fact from myth and ensure your business is as secure as possible.

We have the experience and expertise to handle cybersecurity, backup, compliance, and much more for our customers. We’re always up to date on the latest security landscape and provide you with the tools and guidance you need to stay safe. This includes regular and ongoing Security Awareness Training for your employees as part of our standard service. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help secure your business.