Five myths about cybercrime and cybersecurity

Businesses are failing to grasp the reality that the cyber-criminal world is advanced and on a corporate scale. The entrenched view that cyber criminals are lone actors, young ‘geeks’ in a bedroom with nothing better to do is quite simply, wrong!

It’s time to bust some myths.

Myth 1: Our business is too small to be of interest to cyber-criminals
Wrong! Small businesses are attractive to cybercriminals – SMEs are 3 times more likely to be targeted than large corporations by cybercriminals.

Myth 2: Our business is too big to be a target for cyber-criminals
Wrong! Ask Yahoo (2017), Facebook (2019) and Experian (2013 & 2015) – all subject of data breaches, and there have been many other large organisations attacked.

Myth 3: It’s easy to spot a cyber-attack
Wrong! Cyberattacks are executed by stealth, through links in phishing emails, fake websites, links that require you to input personal data, or embedded in email attachments.

Myth 4: Malicious software, or malware, affects computers and laptops only
Wrong! Smartphones, tablets and any other online device is susceptible to cyberattack. Mobile devices now account for 60% of cyberattacks.

Myth 5: Our data is safe; we use the Cloud
Wrong! Cloud storage is a series of servers located elsewhere in the world. The data stored on them can still be stolen. One of the easiest ways to do this is to send a phishing scam email to staff – the scam would aim to steal cloud log-in details from your employees.

To find out more, please read the full article posted in info security magazine

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