Although cybersecurity has become a popular topic, there are a variety of myths that businesses still believe. Some of them are downright dangerous to accept, as they can prevent any advancement of technology security within an enterprise.
Here are five myths that companies should be wary of:
1. Cyberbreaches can be avoided
If anything, the various cyberattacks in 2014 taught us that any level of preparation should be seen as nothing more than an attempt to deter cybercriminals for a certain amount of time, as Business Week noted that cyberattacks are inevitable. Cybersecurity has become more of a precaution to protect the most vital company data and make it much more difficult for hackers to compromise. Basic implements such as email encryption and firewalls have become a necessity for any company, but they should not be viewed as the solution to the threat.
2. Hackers are the biggest threat
Obama's recent cybersecurity proposal has been criticized by many, as the legislation is seen as a huge threat to the development of cybersecurity. Wired reported that confidence and trust in those who research cybersecurity is necessary to perfect it. Unfortunately, Obama's proposal may deter researchers from looking into new developments in cybersecurity - the punishments and laws proposed are strict enough to put an individual in jail for 10 years for sharing a password. The source stressed that the biggest threat is not hackers, but laws that keep cybersecurity from evolving.
3. All cyberthreats need attention
Dark Reading highlighted how many believe every security threat, big or small, should be addressed. However, this is not always the case. As mentioned earlier, cyberthreats are inevitable, but that doesn't mean the majority of them will cause any damage. The source said there needs to be a balance of strategies that won't overwhelm the the security team, but will also catch any significant threats.
4. Technology needs to get better
The increasing threat to isn't due to evolving technology, but the people using it, according to Wired. There needs to be gumption in researching and inventing new methods of cybersecurity, as technological tools won't do that on their own. This is why laws that scare researchers away from approaching cybersecurity are so damaging - new technology won't mitigate the risk, only the people doing the work will.
5. Cybertheft is about the money
There is still a common belief that cyberthieves are all about getting money in the end. As the Sony attack showed, this just isn't true. Cyberterriorists have become more common and their reasons for causing a breach have expanded. Business Week mentioned the variety of goals hackers have, including espionage, terrorism and misappropriation. While breaches motivated by the potential for monetary gains have struck retailers such as Target and Home Depot, they are not the majority.
Any business that does not have a cybersecurity program in place is at risk of being attacked. This can come with a high price in terms of both revenue and lost information. Using secure email providers and email services can be the first step to implementing a cybersecurity program.