Mistakes happen, and they are sometimes costly.  However, it’s only when they could have been easily avoided that we regret not being more diligent.  Cyber security is one of those areas that many owners and IT people may become complacent with.  Without proper diligence, simple mistakes can be overlooked, and cause serious complications.

It is important that you avoid these common mistakes of complacency.

  • Underestimating hackers:

One of the biggest and most common mistakes made by business owners and IT in cyber security is underestimating hackers.  As technology improves, so do the skills and resourcefulness of hackers.  With billions of dollars at stake, from small to large businesses, the number of hackers is growing to take advantage of any weaknesses in your system.

Intelligence of hackers is expanding.  They know the biggest secrets to computers, designing software, and getting access to computers.  If you think that your security is good enough, then you need to think again.  It will never be good enough to keep a hacker out forever.

  • Why security awareness training?

Many businesses underestimate the potential threat caused by their own employees.  An employee’s lack of security awareness can create openings for hackers to compromise their computers.

Some businesses consider security awareness training a waste of money that could be allocated elsewhere.  Instead, it should be viewed as a type of insurance.  Training employees how to avoid creating openings for hackers is just another layer of protection for your business.  As well as, recognizing individuals that ignore safety rules by opening emails or unapproved websites at work.

Security awareness training is always essential.  No matter what!

  • Why update security software regularly?

There is no such thing as the perfect security system.  As stated above, hackers are constantly improving their skills to access your computer network.  Therefore, your security must be upgraded regularly to keep them out.  It’s not about making additional money.  It’s about staying up to date with the latest malware, viruses, and ransomware, and keeping your computer network safe and secure.

  • Why backup my system daily?

What has backup to do with hackers and IT security?  If your system has been breached, you will need to reset your systems or replace it, then backup becomes essential to avoid significant loss of data and work.  Therefore, it is essential to make a backup of your systems on a daily basis (if not more often) before anyone is going home.

These are the biggest mistakes that business owners and IT guys are making when it comes to IT security. Mistakes that can cause devastation, stolen money, or even stolen personal or client’s information.  These are some of the things that you need to do regularly to minimize the potential of hackers getting access to your work system and causing chaos.