Cybersecurity myths business owners can stop believing

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Robust cybersecurity is a must for businesses in any industry. It will keep your data safe and will also helps keep your clients’ trust. But because of numerous cyberthreats endangering all businesses with data in the cloud, having reliable and efficient cybersecurity has never been more important.

Sounds difficult? It is, and it gets even more so with all the cybersecurity myths lurking on the web. Keeping your data safe isn’t easy, but it’s possible. Your first step would be to stop believing these common cybersecurity misconceptions.

#1 Attackers are unstoppable

Not all cybercriminals are masterminds. Some just learned how to use malware or malware-as-a-service to launch attacks effectively. Others just monitor employee security habits, perform tests, and identify the weaknesses of your system, and use these vulnerabilities to their advantage. Not exactly rocket science, is it?

#2 A strong password is enough

You don’t want to be overconfident and rely on just a strong password to protect your business. A good cybersecurity practice starts with strong passwords, but implementing strong password policies is only the first step. You must pay more attention to what information you’re protecting rather than how people can access that information.

More importantly, you must monitor who has access to your data. Most companies don’t have a system in place to monitor admin access. Sensitive files should only be available to employees who need to use them or to employees you trust 100%.

#3 SMBs aren’t targeted by cyberattacks

Some startups or small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) think that they’re not the ideal target for criminals. Just because your business isn’t at the top of the food chain doesn’t mean you’re immune to cyberattacks. US department store retail giant Target was infiltrated by cybercriminals by first stealing credentials from a small, third-party heating and ventilation company, Fazio Mechanical Services.

No matter how small your enterprise is, you must have serious security protocols and cyber-defense plans in place. If you’re not careful, your cyber-doors will be open tocybercriminals. Instead of undermining hackers, it’s better to acknowledge that your company, no matter how big or small, is a target of cyberattacks.

#4 Only certain industries are targeted

Similar to the belief that hackers only attack large enterprises, some businesses believe that they won’t be attacked because of the industry they’re in. They believe that they don’t have anything worth stealing.

The truth is, anything from credit card numbers to addresses to clients’ personal information can make your business a target of cyberattacks. And even if your data doesn’t have dark web value, if it’s imperative for your business to function, it’s still useful for hackers — they can hold your data hostage by using ransomware and ask you to pay for a decryption key. This way, your “low value” data will be very profitable for hackers.

#5 Antivirus and antimalware will keep you safe

Hackers can find multiple ways to hide their attacks in a system. Some have even been able to hide their operation for over two years, just like the criminals responsible for MD Anderson’s HIPAA violation that cost them $4.3 million. Downloading a software update isn’t a be-all and end-all solution to your cybersecurity problem. While software can help contain damage, it won’t stop an attack from happening. Having a prevention mindset is essential in today’s world of persistent cyberthreats.

If your Charleston, Goose Creek, or Mount Pleasant business needs a robust cybersecurity plan to protect your sensitive data, contact Integrated Technology Services. We deliver modern-day technology with good old-fashioned customer service. Call us today, and benefit from our security, backup, and disaster recovery services!