If you run a growing, medium-sized business, it probably generates a lot more data than it did when it was a small start-up. What’s more, you may be be dependent on this data for planning your business strategy, managing customer accounts and even ordering the right amount of stock. Clearly, it’s essential for you to protect your information. But did you know that the biggest threat to your data might be internal? We’re not talking about disgruntled employees or even outdated computer systems: we’re referring to the misconceptions that surround cyber-security. As a busy business-owner, you probably don’t have a lot of time to brush up on data-protection and make sure you’re not acting on false information. That’s why we’ve compiled a convenient list of common misconceptions that may put your data at risk. Don’t fall into the trap of believing them!
1. “Storing data in the cloud is dangerous”
Many people believe that putting their data online makes it vulnerable to hackers and other digital miscreants. As a result, they only store their data on the hard-drives of their computer systems. Sadly, this isn’t a wise course of action. If you don’t have an online, off-site backup, your data can easily be lost as a result of accidental damage to your computers. What’s more, storing your data on your own computer system doesn’t make it invulnerable to hackers. Provided your computer system can access the internet, hackers can get at the data on it, even if it isn’t actually stored online. In reality, it is often safer to store data in the cloud. By storing data on hosted cloud servers, you are putting it in the hands of IT professionals who have very advanced data-protection systems in place.
2. “I’m not an attractive target for hackers”
Many businesses fall victim to hackers, viruses and other cyber-security threats simply because their owners think they don’t have to worry about them. You may not believe that you’re an attractive target for hackers, but the reality is very different: hackers will attack any system that has a security weakness they can exploit. Sometimes, they will attempt to profit from it, other times they simply do it to cause mischief. You can’t predict whether you will become a target or not for the simple reason that you can’t reliably predict hackers’ motives. What’s more, viruses and other cyber-security threats spread mindlessly, without a guiding human agency. Even if no-one wants to access your data, viruses and malware could still destroy it.
3. “I have an anti-virus programme, so I’ll be fine”
Anti-virus and anti-malware programmes are great. They are the first-line of defence against incoming threats. However, they can’t protect you from every conceivable threat to your cyber-security. Sometimes, you need support from IT experts who know how to combat cyber-security threats, so make sure you have an IT support contract that’s right for you. Here at Nimbus CS, we can help you protect your computer system from deliberate intrusion, viruses and malware. You can help us to help you by not believing the misconceptions that we’ve listed in today’s blog entry. Contact us to find out more.