Dispelling 3 Top Cybersecurity Myths

Oct 24, 2017

Host.net, cybersecurity, cybersecurity myths

You may have felt bombarded by the topic of cybersecurity over the past couple of months as several high-profile breaches made headlines in the mainstream news. Tons of information about cybersecurity is flying around the internet, social media and traditional media, but how do you know what is fact versus fiction?

It can be difficult to wade through the clutter and determine the best practices that will keep your data safe. At Host.net, we specialize in managed security services for South Florida businesses, and want to address some of the top cybersecurity myths we’ve heard lately and put them to rest.

Myth #1: Physical security and cybersecurity are not related

Many people view physical security and cybersecurity as two completely different initiatives, but the fact is both are key to ensuring that your company’s data is not compromised. For example, if your facility has subpar physical security, there is a chance that hardcopy documents, thumb drives or mobile devices containing sensitive information could fall into the wrong hands. The possession of that sensitive information could lead to direct consequences for your customers (such as identity theft), or it could give a hacker clues on how to infiltrate your virtual network infrastructure, thus leading to further damage.

Myth #2: Firewalls and security software will protect my company’s data

Firewalls are indeed an important security measure that should be in place in every organization, but thinking that these types of solutions alone will be enough can leave your data very vulnerable to hackers. There needs to be secondary and tertiary lines of defense beyond a firewall. Typically, hackers have quite a bit to gain from infiltrating and corrupting/stealing your company’s data. They are very motivated to either invade your company firewall or find a way into your network through other means that allow them to completely bypass it.

Furthermore, a firewall will not provide the intended protection if it isn’t configured correctly. You could have the greatest firewall software on the market, but even a small flaw in the configuration can open the door for cybercriminals to sneak into your network. Ultimately, human error is a factor when it comes to cyberattacks, which makes it even more important to ensure that firewalls are implemented correctly and monitored regularly to ensure they are functioning as designed.

Myth #3: Passwords will protect my company’s data  

Passwords are archaic. They were originally designed to facilitate access control and were never really meant to be a means of security on their own. Cracking passwords is one of the easiest ways for a hacker to gain access to your network. If they’re able to determine a password, they don’t even have to employ any other hacker “practices” to get into your network, because the password grants them access to it. The hacker community is well adept at cracking passwords, even the most complex 16-digit number, letter and varied capitalization combinations.

The industry is trending toward replacing passwords with identity management solutions that are designed to ensure the right people are accessing the portions of the network that they have clearance to access, based on credentials. These automated system software solutions initiate, capture and manage user identities and related permissions.

Learn more about safeguarding your data with Host.net’s Cybersecurity eBook

Host.net has created a comprehensive manual on cybersecurity as a resource for businesses to develop and execute a plan to safeguard their data. In the eBook you’ll find:

  • A step-by-step guide to risks and solutions, from spam protection to intrusion detection and prevention to antivirus/anti-malware and more
  • Best practices for responding to an attack
  • A breakdown of new and evolving threats
  • The future of security, which is evolving to keep pace with more intricate attacks

Don’t wait another minute to make sure your company’s cybersecurity plan is bulletproof. Download the eBook today.