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Cyber Security Myths Debunked

October 12, 2016   Antonio Johnson   General

When it comes to cyber security, it goes without saying that every company has concerns. After all, there’s nothing more worrisome than a security breach that could cost your company time and money, along with its good reputation.

Take for example the Target security breach of 2014. Here’s a brief excerpt from The Washington Post article detailing the breach, including the impact on customers:

“The Target breach already ranks as one of the worst ever. During the peak of holiday shopping last month, Target said that up to 40 million customers’ credit and debit card information had been stolen from people who shopped in stores from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15. On Friday, the company said a new group of 70 million customers — some of whom might also have had their card data stolen — have had their personal information compromised, as well.”

As you can see, this was a huge deal on many fronts.

Although your company may not be as large as Target, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think twice about cyber security. Instead, you need to have a strong grasp of what you should and should not be doing.

The Many Myths

There are many challenges associated with online security, including the fact that it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction.

There are numerous security myths out there, some of which can make it difficult for your company to focus your time and resources on the appropriate areas.

It Won’t Happen to My Company

How many times have you heard about an online security breach? And how many times have you said this to yourself?

It’s easy to believe that everything is in a good place in regards to your company’s online security. Even so, this doesn’t mean it’s true.

If you continually believe that nothing bad could happen to your company, you may be in for a big surprise when things take a turn for the worse.

In short, companies that take this approach don’t typically have an advanced security plan in place. As a result, they are most vulnerable to attack, regardless of size or industry.

A Security Application is All You Need

It goes without saying that there are thousands upon thousands of internet security applications. While each and every one has something unique to offer, it’s important to realize one thing to be true: this is not the end all.

If you believe this is all you need, you could be in for a rude awakening at some point.

There is nothing wrong with paying for a security program. There is something wrong with believing that this is bulletproof.

Even with the most advanced solutions, there is no such thing as a security application that provides a 100 percent guarantee. Don’t fall into this trap!

Online Security is Too Costly

There’s no denying the fact that you don’t want to overspend on web security. Even so, it’s important to remember this: it’s better to spend some money upfront than to deal with the high cost of a security breach.

Taking this one step further, it’s not as expensive as you may think to implement an advanced security solution. As noted above, nothing is bulletproof. However, the more solutions you implement the better off you will be.

If nothing else, consider the many ways to work in a more secure manner. From there, see what fits into your budget.

Nobody Wants Access to my Data

It’s easy to see why a cyber criminal would hack Target’s system. With the ability to access data associated with tens of millions of customers, it makes perfect sense.

But guess what? Just because you don’t think you have data of value doesn’t mean it’s true. There are people out there who will attempt to hack your website (or other online portal) just for the fun of it.

You may not think your system or email account is full of valuable data, but a hacker could feel differently.

It’s Easy to Address This Once it Happens

Again, if you’re operating on a small scale, it’s easy to think this way. But remember this: there’s nothing simple about solving the problems brought about by a security breach.

If you sit around and wait for this to happen, you’ll one day realize the problems associated with a security breach. Don’t let this myth give you a false sense of security, as it could have a negative impact on your company in the future.

Brosix and Cyber Security

Do you use an enterprise instant messaging application to communicate with coworkers, clients, and prospects? If so, this is yet another time when you should be thinking about security.

Brosix, for example, has a reputation for being one of the most secure business IM applications. Here’s an excerpt from the Brosix website:

“Brosix is a highly secure private instant messaging tool which provides features specially designed for business and instant enterprise messaging purposes.”

In today’s day and age, online security is more important than ever before.

With these security myths debunked, you should feel better about your ability to implement the necessary security solutions in the future.

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