4 dangerous security assumptions to avoid

Many organizations take steps to guard against data breaches, employing new policies, tools and strategies that make them feel protected, but their defenses may not be as strong as they think. Unfortunately, this false sense of security is all-too-easy to come by.

Slacker guy with feet on desk

Data breaches are commonplace now and there’s a growing realization that organizations need to do more to combat them and to deal with the aftermath. The potential cost of stolen data extends beyond cleanup operations to potential regulatory fines and reputational damage. Although there’s more awareness of the risks today, taking the right, comprehensive steps to safeguard data is harder than people imagine.

It’s not unusual for companies to start out in the right direction but fall short in their efforts because one specific area is overlooked. Achieving a high standard of cybersecurity requires a thorough, holistic view of the risks and a robust, continuous effort. The truth is that many organizations do one or two things right and then put their feet up, content to bask in the warm, but erroneous sensation that they’re safe.

Here are four common statements that indicate a false sense of security.

The risk isn't that big

Smaller businesses are incredibly good at this kind of wishful thinking. They may assume that bigger companies are more attractive targets, but the truth is that cybercriminals favor the path of least resistance. If you shirk security, you’re the low-hanging fruit. One of the most shocking things about basic security hygiene is just how many companies ignore it completely.

The idea that your data isn’t that valuable or desirable to hackers is another risky way to think. A breach may lead to resource hijacking, whereby attackers are using your servers to host pornography or maybe subvert workloads to mine cryptocurrency. If you think you’re immune as a target, you’re kidding yourself.

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