Cybercrime is a big part of business. However, business leaders of companies of all sizes make many assumptions about cybercrime. Here are some of the biggest misconceptions about cybercrime. If you know the true extent of the threat, you’ll be better at defending your business.

1. Knowing a threat exists doesn’t protect you

Employees know that emails from unknown sources aren’t trustworthy. In addition, they know that they shouldn’t investigate the links in the emails to see where they lead, but that doesn’t stop 78% of employees from clicking on them.

Just because you know a threat exists, it doesn’t mean your business is protected. You need to actively pursue ways to enforce your cyber security that will protect your computer networks and servers. For instance, your business should install firewalls, anti-virus software and continuously educate staff to follow proper network security.

2. Protecting yourself is all you need to do

While protecting your computer networks is a good start, that doesn’t mean your computer networks are defended. Third parties that you work with, who might handle your data, can be a weak link, and this is where cyber criminals sometimes gain access. This was the case with Universal Music Group when a contractor left an Apache Airflow server open to attack.

Ensure when you speak to third parties, that they have the right protection in place. This should include email encryption, firewalls and other measures to protect sensitive information you both have access to.

3. Cybercriminals are really clever people

The truth is that the tools to commit cybercrime and infect your computer networks are readily available online. Those wanting to attack your business can buy the tools for very little, if anything. Plus, many of the most successful cybersecurity threats to your business are really simple, they just require a file attaching or link inserting into an email. 

You should also remember that cybercriminals can be anyone. While there’s a lot of news about cybercriminals in Africa and Asia, anyone, even those in your own business, could be a cybercriminal. A study by IBM found 60% of cyber attacks are inside jobs. So, you’ve got to be vigilant. 

Restrict access to data, servers and IT networks to anyone who doesn’t need access. Limiting access can be one of your strongest defences.

4. You’ll never be a target

All companies, of all sizes, have been attacked in recent years. Sony had a Denial of Service attack that prevented players to access online game areas, Facebook had a breach where information for 50 million users was stolen and NASA had employee information taken by cybercriminals. 

Your business has a lot of value in it and criminals can, and will, target you at any time.

Always assume that you’re a target and adjust your cyber security initiatives with this philosophy in mind. You’ll be better prepared for what may come, than if you believe there’s no danger.

Whatever your business, cyber security is a major part of your operations. If you’re not sure about how you should protect your business’ computer network, you should outsource your IT needs. Professionals in IT support companies are experts in offering computer security services and can ensure you’re less at risk from cybercriminals.

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