In today’s digital environment, cybersecurity myths are dangerous as they lead enterprises to dismiss real threats, making it easier for cybercriminals to cause havoc.
In the modern digital environment, Cybersecurity has become a business requirement. Regardless of their business nature, size, or industry, global organizations have begun to invest extensively in cyber defense and training. Despite the increased emphasis on company security, there are some cybersecurity myths and misconceptions that inhibit businesses from establishing a strong cybersecurity posture.
Some of the misconceptions and fallacies that afflict the cybersecurity business may have been accurate in the past, but they now operate against everyone. Here are four out-dated notions that need to be disproved.
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Security is only understood by security teams
Most cybersecurity techniques arose from a small group of people who knew how to both hack and defend networks in the early days. They were intelligent, with a thorough understanding of information technology (IT) — networks, servers, applications, as well as developing cyber risks. They formed a private group over time, not because they wanted to be secluded, but because they believed other IT professionals didn’t understand what they were going through.
These early information security experts voiced their opinions, but almost no one heard them. In the name of information security, they were always the “no” person in the organization, preventing employees from getting work done. IT security professionals frequently blamed human error for data breaches, which didn’t make them hugely popular.
As they did not understand cyber, security teams began to regard developers and IT as inferior. Eventually, they developed a self-defeating “us versus them” mentality.
It’s all about the tools in cyberspace
When working with a small group of cyber professionals, businesses have a key challenge: how to scale cyber defenses. Technology is the only solution. According to a 2021 report by Grand view research, businesses spent over US$167 billion on cybersecurity in 2020, the majority of which was spent on security products, and that figure is expected to rise by about 11% every year through 2028.
However, following a decade of increasing tool investment, the rise in cybercrime that organizations are witnessing now demonstrates that technology isn’t a universal solution. Every vendor claims to have a silver bullet, but each new technology comes at a cost in terms of time and money, disrupts adoption, necessitates training, and provides no promises that it will improve the organization’s overall security posture.
Training in cybersecurity is fundamentally flawed
As previously stated, security professionals believe that training IT employees and those outside the cyber circle of trust is unnecessary. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing: The old lather-rinse-repeat method isn’t working anymore.
Self-directed, hands-on learning, on the other hand, has proven to be a far more effective method of changing behavior. Furthermore, training can be effective if it is a continuous process that is personalized to the learner’s skill level and relevant to their work in the company. That type of learning should be embraced and promoted by the security employees.
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The world will be saved by a good SOC
It’s important to have a well-trained and staffed security operations center (SOC) that organizes threat intelligence and defenses, but it’s not enough. Businesses will not be able to defend their systems if they aren’t designed correctly.
The cybersecurity culture should embrace security-by-design. Systems need to be created with security in mind, rather than being deployed and then handed over to the SOC for them to secure. Security analysts should be involved at every stage of development, not just when it’s time to turn on a new app or cloud service and do some pen-testing.
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