The biggest SMB cyber security myths

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Cyber security is something that all businesses need to take seriously, no matter the size of the company. However, for SMB’s there are some common myths and misconceptions that could be leaving them vulnerable to security breaches. So what are the The biggest SMB cyber security myths? And what are the dangers? Well, here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading IT support and network services experts. We provide a range of services including secure remote access and cloud and offsite backup solutions. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about cyber security misconceptions for SMBs.

What are the the biggest SMB cyber security myths?

There are a number of misguided beliefs that circle SMB owners when it comes to cyber security. These can be potentially very dangerous and risky for your company, leading to vulnerabilities that could easily be breached by cyber criminals. These myths include:

  • The size myth- you might hear SMB employees or even business owners saying phrases like,”Our company is too small to be attacked”, “Criminals are only interested in the bigger companies”. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case.
  • The secure systems myth- another common myth is the idea that, “Our security systems have been secure for years”. Unfortunately, even if this is the case, you can;t rely on past success.
  • The IT heroes- finally, you have probably heard that the IT team can solve just about everything, and when it comes to cyber crime, “The IT team will protect us”. This is unfortunately another popular but misguided belief.

The SMB cyber security size myth

Many smaller companies believe that because they are small, they are not a target for cyber criminals. Unfortunately, this often means that the security in place is lax, or not up to date, and the data shows that an increasing number of small to medium sized businesses are being targeted by criminals. While cyber criminals have less to gain from targeting small businesses, there is also less risk, because of the typically weaker security. The company on the other hand, can face long and difficult repercussions from the attack, such as loss of consumer trust as well as earnings, and then have to upgrade all systems, which can be even more costly.

The SMB cyber security safe systems myth

Familiarity always allows us to feel safe. But your familiar old security systems should not. This is because system and network security needs to be updated all the time to offer the best possible protection to your company. Most security software updates contain patches or fixes to identify and resolve any problems or weaknesses within the software, especially in light of the development of new infiltration methods. Each day, new computer viruses are released, and your security systems are not going to be able to prevent damage, unless you keep them updated, and invest in new solutions.

The SMB cyber security IT heroes myth

Finally, a lot of companies place a lot of trust and faith in the IT department, or the IT team they work with. However, often for smaller businesses, these IT teams are caught up in the day to day running of the business, and growing of the business, so focusing on security all of the time is an impossibility. This is why it’s so important to make sure you work with the highest quality professionals and IT teams, to keep your business secure.

To help keep your business safe and secure, in the long run, as well as the short term, why not get in touch with the professionals today, here at Creative Network Solutions Manchester?