If you aren’t taking active cybersecurity precautions, then it’s time to start! Unfortunately, cybersecurity myths and misconceptions are everywhere, and they may be making you feel more secure than you are.
We think it’s best to cut through the noise. Let’s take a look at some of the most common cybersecurity myths.
10 cybersecurity Myths and Misconceptions
My passwords are complex enough
If you are convinced that your passwords are safe enough, you may be putting yourself at risk. Unless you are using multi-factor security tools, your passwords are not safe enough!
USA Today explains, “Nowadays, there are speedy programs people use to run billions of password combinations – and it only takes a second to run these potential passwords. Not only that, but hackers have sophisticated methods for identifying passwords we use in password creation.”
Multi-factor security is a waste of time
Another cybersecurity misconception, related to the last one, is that multi-factor security solutions are unnecessary. In fact, a recent lawsuit tried to make that argument in court.
Tech Republic concludes that “multi-factor authentication does provide more security for enterprise applications, as the additional factors are ideally harder to spoof than traditional passwords. Businesses shouldn’t give in to employee pressures to get rid of this additional security measure.”
The lawsuit was dismissed. Just like this myth should be.
Hackers don’t even know about my business
This common cybersecurity misconception is based on the (incorrect) idea that hackers are mysterious villains hiding in the shadows.
The truth is that cybersecurity attacks often come from within an organization.
Tech Report says, “Insider risks are on the rise. In addition, organizations are becoming increasingly concerned. Employees, vendors, contractors, and business partners, are all possible risk factors.
In addition, an external intruder posing as an employee is another example of an insider threat. Insider threats are responsible for 60% of data breaches, according to a recent report.”
Nobody attacks small businesses
Related to the previous misconception is one of the most pervasive business cybersecurity myths. Many people seem to believe that small businesses are immune to cyber threats or cyber attack. In fact, the opposite is true.
As we explain on our website, “Small Businesses are seen as low hanging fruit in today’s hacker landscape. And 60% of cybersecurity attacks target small businesses.”
My anti-virus software keeps me safe
It is absolutely true that using an anti-virus system is better than not using one. Tech Report explains, however, “Hackers have a variety of methods for getting around anti-virus software and infiltrating networks. They also use targeted phishing assaults and ransomware. Hackers will have plenty of room to conduct an attack even if anti-malware software is installed.”
USAToday gives a few pointers:
“Keep your operating system software and security software updated. Do the same for your other devices, including your phone and tablet.
Don’t forget about your router. Once hackers break into that, every device using it to connect to the internet is vulnerable.”
I have no information worth protecting
Many who share this popular cybersecurity myth and misconception feel this way because they have been the victim of data breaches. Others are convinced that they haven’t put enough valuable information into their computers. While we understand these sentiments, they aren’t correct.
Your computers and devices contain much more information than you may realize. And there is data of value that you might not think of.
Your passwords are valuable, and many people share passwords between sites. Your email list, or social media contact list is valuable. Your medical records are valuable. Your personal information is valuable.
Data Breaches don’t happen in my industry
Just because you don’t hear about a cyber breach on the news doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. The reality is that any business of any size in any industry is vulnerable to a cyber-attack or data breach.
Hackers can’t target personal devices
This cybersecurity myth has caused problems for businesses and governments alike. Hackers not only can target personal devices but when they do they are a real threat to entire operations.
Forbes says, “What businesses may not realize is that mobile security may be their weakest link. A cybercriminal only needs to break into one unprotected mobile device (mobile phone, laptop, or tablet) in a company to gain access to the entire network.”
When a hacker gains access to personal information on personal digital devices, sensitive information like phone numbers, names, financial statements and more are at risk.
My industry standards don’t require safety precautions, so we must be safe
This security myth may even fall into the category of “cybersecurity liability myths.” If you run a business of any kind, then any data breach can spell the end of your operation. Many companies carry cyber liability insurance to help protect them should that happen. No industry is safe.
Cybersecurity requires staffing we can’t afford
The truth behind this common cybersecurity myth is that you don’t need to hire a full IT department to run your cybersecurity system. You can hire a consultant or cybersecurity specialist to help keep you safe. PGH Networks can work alongside your existing IT team or become your full managed service provider for support so you always have assistance when you need it.
Stay Cautious About Cybersecurity. Let PGH Networks cover all the bases and nothing will get through to your business.