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  • Writer's pictureMichael Paulyn

My 2 Cents: 4 Myths About Cybersecurity

Updated: Aug 13, 2022

The last few years have shown that cybersecurity has become a top priority as the world becomes more digitalized. Across the globe, businesses are beginning to understand that the cybersecurity world is dynamic, where change never stops.

This blog looks at the top four myths about cybersecurity and how firms that still believe these outdated ideas can be dangerous.

What Is Cybersecurity?

So, what is cybersecurity? The definition of cybersecurity is "the application of technologies, processes, and controls to protect systems, networks, programs, devices, and data from cyber attacks." Cybersecurity focuses on mitigating risks associated with cyberattacks against a specific company's network and digital assets.

4 Myths About Cybersecurity

There are some common myths about cybersecurity that seem to stick around. These misconceptions can be dangerous, especially for firms responsible for sensitive data. Below are the four common myths about cybersecurity:

Cybercriminals Are Always Outsiders

Many people imagine a cybercriminal or hacker to be someone who is far away, hiding in some basement staring in front of their computer screen. The reality is very different; cybercriminals are within that company or even country; it's not always from some distant land.

The Risks Are Obvious

Many business leaders assume that the risks associated with cyberattacks are blatantly obvious, clear as day. The truth is that human error plays a significant role in situations where employees make a mistake leading to a potential data breach. Cyberattacks can show up out of nowhere, leaving most companies in the lurch and unprepared.

Attacks Can Be Contained

A common myth is that many business professionals believe that most cyberattacks are containable; this couldn't be farther from the truth. A cyberattack can show up out of nowhere and spread quickly, which can be devastating when the dust settles.

It Won't Happen to Me

There's this common idea that cyberattacks won't happen to me if your company is too small or unknown. The game's name is that cybercriminals are looking for easy prey, money, or valuable data accessible to grab and go.

Businesses of any size are at risk in any industry. No one is exempt from a cyberattack, and business owners who bury their heads in the sand play a dangerous Russian roulette. It pays to always be on guard and ensure all devices are up to date; cybercriminals don't take time off.

Hungry for more? Join me each week, where I'll break down complex topics and dissect the latest news within the cybersecurity industry and blockchain ecosystem, simplifying the world of tech.

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