10 Cyber-Security Misconceptions

Cyber-security is a complicated subject that is often overlooked and wrongly perceived by many businesses. Here at b2b IT services, we strive to help our clients understand cyber-security and what it means for their businesses. We offer Cyber Essentials and Cyber Security-as-a-Service for all our clients and can recommend the best options for each unique business and infrastructure. Today we’re myth-busting cyber-security and explaining the top 10 misconceptions.

10 Cyber-security Myths - Busted

1.      Cyber-criminals only target big names

Many small businesses believe they won’t be targeted for a cyber-attack because they aren’t hugely well-known or a household brand. This is certainly not the case as cybercriminals don’t discriminate. They can use clever programmes to scan various websites for vulnerabilities. Furthermore, just one unprotected device can easily become infected by a virus in just minutes.

It doesn’t make a difference who you are or what your business does. It is all about how well you protect yourself in the digital space.

2.      You are 100% protected from a cyber attack

Even with the very best cyber-security in the world, no one is ever completely safe from a cyber-attack. No cyber-security provider can ever guarantee complete protection. Cyber-security is a precautionary approach. As a result, a cyber-security provider, like b2b IT Services, will constantly be working to tighten security, apply patches where vulnerabilities become apparent and help you train your staff in best practice.

3.      Cyber-attacks won’t come from within a business

It is a common misconception that all cyber threats are external, but this is not the case. Many businesses have a growing number of temporary and seasonal staff, giving more people access to internal systems. Even employees with the best intentions could pose cyber-threats as any email or attachment opened with a virus could infect an entire company network.

4.      Anti-virus is all the protection you need

There is plenty of excellent anti-virus software available, but they will not protect your business from every cyber threat. Cyber-criminals are constantly finding new ways to destroy anti-virus, so it becomes outdated very rapidly. An anti-virus update that is just a week old is likely to have already been compromised by hackers and provides little protection.

5.      They’ll never guess your password

Although you might think your passwords are unique, strong and no one could ever figure them out, this isn’t the case. Passwords are often easy to guess because people use things that will be easy for them to remember. We also run password changes against lists of cracked passwords available on the darkweb, enabling your staff to never user a compromised password.

6.      Cyber-Security is just something IT should worry about

Just because your business has an IT company like b2b IT services to handle cyber-security on your behalf, doesn’t mean no one else has to think about it. Every single department should consider cyber-security as all systems, data and devices must be protected.

7.       You will know if a device has a virus

A lot of people think that they would know if their computer has some kind of virus or malware, but often these things can go undetected for quite some time. Cyber-criminals will use programmes and software on devices that are nearly impossible to detect. These programmes will be able to access all your data and information on the device and network without any warning that it is happening.

8.      You need to keep quiet if you are hacked

Publishers fill the media with stories about business hacks and customers data breaches, and it is embarrassing for those businesses. Consequently, it can result in a loss of customer confidence and impact business. Hiding these violations is never the best option, and although it is embarrassing, it is best to admit the cyber-attack and do your best to minimise the impact. In today’s world, every business in the world is likely to have been hacked or be hacked at some stage, and it is best to learn from the mistakes of others.

9.      You should deal with cyber risk separately

Many businesses don’t consider cyber risk as seriously as other risks to the company. Cyber risk should be handled with the same attention and care as health and safety risks, protecting intellectual property and human resources.

10.  Cyber-security is expensive

Protecting your business from cyber-attacks and online threats is of utmost importance. When you consider all the information that your business could potentially lose should it fall to a cyber-attack, cyber-security is relatively affordable. It is a cost that your business requires, and there are various solutions available to suit your organisation. Whatever cyber-security option you choose, it will be cheaper than having to rebuild all your systems and replacing compromised data from a cyber-attack and restoring customer faith and trust in your business.