There is one thing more harmful to your cybersecurity strategy than anything else: the assumption that your files and data are secure. When you assume that the plan you implemented last year or last month is still the perfect strategy for your IT infrastructure, you tend to relax. The assumption that all is well prevents you from remaining cautious and vigilant; it prevents you from asking questions. You stop considering that any risk exists at all.
Rather than let a failed cybersecurity strategy go unnoticed, it is time to be mindful of how assumptions can damage your digital infrastructure.
Assumptions cause noncompliance.
Many disastrous outcomes can occur as a result of assuming that your organization is secured against cyber threats. Just recently, the EU implemented an entirely new data privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you fail to remain constantly vigilant and update your security measures to remain compliant with new standards from the EU and elsewhere, your organization could potentially be fined. This can result in public distrust of your organization, because critical data is not being properly protected.
Assumptions cause neglect.
Assumptions can lead you to believe that your IT systems are up to date. Target assumed they were secure. Home Depot assumed they were secure. Experian assumed they were secure. Saks assumed they were secure. Assumptions are costly. Hackers are excellent at exploiting weaknesses, and the assumption that your systems are secure, , can lead to a cybersecurity strategy with many holes. Avoiding these gaps in security can be avoided only with constant vigilance, testing, updates, and monitoring.
Assumptions cause carelessness.
What if your employees were to assume that your business’s current security system was rock solid? Without proper education, such an assumption can lead to unfounded confidence in business practices. Emails could be opened without consideration for potential phishing attacks, transactions could be completed over unsecure networks, and a casual business encounter could result in an exchange of the information a hacker needs to compromise your entire organization. Educating staff is crucial to maintaining a secure network, as well as is practicing caution, to defend against hacking attempts.
Vulnerabilities always exist.
Never assume that your security strategy is impermeable to malware and phishing attempts. Furthermore, if you are convinced that IT professionals are the only ones within your organization that are responsible for cybersecurity, your networks are already at risk. Vulnerabilities are always present, and it is essential that your cybersecurity plan of action is proactive rather than reactive. Having the right information is the first step in tackling the challenges of building a robust cybersecurity strategy. The only assumption you should make is that you’re never completely free of risk. This is the only assumption that will help protect your business from data theft and other cyber threats.
The ITeam understands the cybersecurity issues facing Canada. We are committed to helping Calgary- and Alberta-based businesses develop proactive, cost-effective IT strategies that minimize risk and maximize efficiency. Contact us to learn more.