At INTELITECHS, we’re in the business of creating optimal data security solutions for our clients. We meet clients where they are, whether they are just starting out and need assistance with basic security or have devoted substantial time and resources to keeping their data safe.
Unfortunately, we often hear from new clients who have previously been misinformed about data security. Without the correct information, these companies may put themselves at risk unknowingly. Here are some of the most costly myths about data protection being perpetuated in 2021.
Myth #1: Cyber criminals don’t target small businesses.
Small and medium-sized business owners often assume they are safe from cyber attacks and that criminals are more likely to target large corporations. In reality, a small business is just as likely to be targets, and even more likely in some cases. According to a recent Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report, 58% of cyberattack victims are small businesses.
Small businesses that don’t work with a Utah outsourced IT provider may not have strong firewalls and antivirus in place, which could be appealing to certain cyber criminals who are looking for an easy payout. Even if you aren’t the target of mastermind criminals, accidental employee data leaks through email phishing and other low-effort techniques can wreak havoc on your business.
Myth #2: We’ve mastered IT security, so we have nothing to worry about.
It may be tempting to believe there is a “gold standard” security approach that, once attained, will protect your company indefinitely. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Data security is constantly evolving. This means your IT team, whether in-house or outsourced, must consistently address potential weak spots and threats to your digital security. Even the most advanced security tools and solutions are only fully effective if they are appropriately configured, monitored, maintained, and integrated with overall security operations.
Myth #3: We should focus only on external security concerns.
Of course, you trust and respect your employees. But can you say for certain that every single employee at your organization is up to date on the latest data security strategies? One weak password or successful phishing email can be catastrophic for your company. INTELITECHS offers IT security training for workforces of all sizes to ensure your employees know how to spot and respond to potential threats.
Myth #4: My company can’t afford to outsource its data security efforts.
To the contrary, your company can’t afford not to hire an experienced managed IT services department, especially if you do not have your own dedicated IT team. Data security breaches can cost a company millions of dollars – and its trustworthy reputation.