5 cybersecurity myths that make you more vulnerable to attacks

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cybersecurity myth

Cybersecurity is such a broad field that it's almost impossible to know if our systems are truly secure. Worse than that, many myths have settled into the collective imagination and offer us a feeling of security when, on the contrary, we should see it as a warning signal.

We invite you to discover The 5 most common cybersecurity myths that make you vulnerable to attacks.

1. You are not an attractive target for hackers

We've all thought about it at one time or another. There is no reason that a hacker attacks me, I am not interesting to him because I have no money or valuable data. Big mistake ! Just as assaults in the street can take place for no apparent reason, so it is with our computer systems. Whether it's to get your hands on, to prove something, to curb the competition if you have a business, there are plenty of reasons.

Some hackers can launch mass attacks. Your computer system or network will get caught up in the targeted group. If these have flaws, you will be among the first victims.

We always have to assume that an attack can happen to us. By increasing the security of your systems, you will give up people launching random attacks.

2. Use a cybersecurity solution that protects me 100%

Clearly, we are not all computer scientists and we do not have all the knowledge or the time to protect our systems. I have to say that the creativity of hackers is almost limitless. The easiest solution for this is to install a cybersecurity solution. And that's a very good thing!

It would be better to realize that a solution in itself is never perfect. We often have ideas like: “I have an anti-virus, I'm not afraid of anything”. Or : " My host promises me that his system is protected ”. This kind of myth will not protect you. Knowing the weak points of the solutions you are using will allow you to address them.

3. Cybersecurity requires too much investment

Probably the fault of films, there is a real myth about the price of cybersecurity. Many people are under the impression that they must have a dedicated team of IT professionals ready to respond live to attacks occurring on your systems. But having a team like that for your home computer or your SME is simply impossible.

Fortunately, in real life, you won't need to call in an elite IT commando to protect yourself. Simple tools like a intrusion detection system will be able to prevent most threats without breaking the bank.

Don’t go the opposite extreme either by refusing any investment in cybersecurity. The loss of your website in which you have invested hundreds of hours of your time could cause irreparable damage to your business.
You just need to find the right balance between the investment you are willing to make and what you could lose in the event of an attack.

4. Attacks only come from outside

Another myth about cybersecurity that makes you vulnerable to attacks is to believe that the threat can only come from outside.

As a business manager, you know that your systems need to be protected and that you need to adopt the right reflexes. Is it the same for your team? Attacks on businesses are often made possible by employees. By clicking on a affected link, the latter will be able to open a gateway for hackers.

Take the time to train your teams on the basics of cybersecurity. You will thus escape many attacks. The same goes for your family members. Cybersecurity is a team affair. One weak link can break the whole chain.

5. Having a cybersecurity expert on your team is enough

In your business, having the opportunity to hire a cybersecurity expert is an excellent measure to prevent attacks. The last myth concerns the belief that an expert will save you from any situation.

The role of the expert is to ensure that your systems are sufficiently secure against attacks. Your role and that of your teams is to be aware of the risks and to use your tools correctly to prevent all risks.

Cybersecurity is real teamwork. You can consider FunInformatique as a member of that team who will help protect yourself. Our articles will help you learn more about cybersecurity risks and solutions.