cybersecurity myths in small businesses

8 Cybersecurity Myths Debunked 

ADVANTEX IT SECURITY AWARENESS

Attacks on networks may be inevitable, but proactive monitoring of stolen and compromised data allows you to respond to a threat immediately to prevent a major breach. We debunk 8 Cybersecurity myths that may have an effect on your business.

Myth


#1 Myth 

Small Business 
Your business is too small to be targeted by hackers.

Reality


THE Reality 

Small Business 
Small businesses made up over half of last year’s breach victims.

#2 Myth

Passwords
Strong passwords are enough to keep your data safe.

THE Reality 

Passwords
Two-factor authentication and data monitoring is also needed.

#3 Myth

Software
Anti-virus software will keep your business completely safe.

THE Reality 

Software
Software can’t protect against all cyber attacks.

#4 MYTH

WiFi
If WiFi has a password, it’s secure.

THE REALITY

Wifi
Any public WiFi can be compromised, even with a password.

#5 MYTH

Hackers
Cybersecurity threats are only external.

THE REALITY

Hackers
Insider threats are just as likely, whether from human error or malign intent.

#6 MYTH

Training
Annual employee security awareness training is sufficient.

THE REALITY

Training
Regular security awareness training prepares employees to recognize attacks

#7 MYTH

Warning Signs 
You’ll know right away if you are hacked.

THE REALITY

Warning Signs
Modern attackers are stealthy and hard to detect.

#8 MYTH

IT Department 
Cybersecurity is solely
the IT Department’s responsibility.

THE REALITY

IT Department 
Every staff member should be familiar with good cybersecurity practices.

Reality by the Numbers

Sources: Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report and Vistage Cyberthreats and Solutions for Small and Midsize Businesses Report

Breaches

81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords.
Breaches
81

Business Closed

60% of SMBs don’t have an up-to-date or active cybersecurity strategy in place.
CLOSED
60%

Unprepared 

62% of SMBs wil go out of business within 6 months of a cyber incident.
Unprepared
62%
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