Businesses get hacked all the time. At this point, we expect hackings to happen. But… this doesn’t mean we necessarily accept them or that we forgive a business when they become a victim of a data breach or fall upon a security misfortune.
This being said, it’s important to know what will get your business hacked, so you can avoid these things at all costs. Here are a few things that will most certainly throw your business into a world of hacking.
You aren’t training your people.
Usually, technology is pretty smart, and for the most part, it can keep hackers out. It’s the people using the technology who aren’t so smart. They’re the ones who allow hackers to slip through, and oftentimes, it’s the direct result of a social engineering attack.
These attacks can play out any number of ways – through your inbox, in person, over the phone, through the mail – but the end goal typically involves someone giving away sensitive data. This can be anything from credit card numbers and login credentials to passwords and personal information.
Whatever the case might be, it’s all preventable with just a little training. If you fail to train your employees on the ins and outs of social engineering, then your company will pay for it with its data, reputation, and, quite possibly, its future.
You don’t have policies.
Cyber security doesn’t just entail a handful of monitoring and prevention tools bundled together to create a layered security solution. That’s way too simple. In reality, cyber security involves much more, and you can thank the human element for that.
If you’re serious about that whole not-being-hacked thing, then you need to create detailed policies that actually help you do that whole not-being-hacked thing. These policies should address issues such as passwords, internal updates, external access, hiring and firing, and training. The more bases you cover, the better off your business will be.
You do have policies, but you don’t implement them.
If you go through the hassle of creating policies, then you might as well follow them. More oft than not, companies will create security policies but they won’t stick to them. They rarely train new hires on them; they forget to update them, and they never discipline employees for failing to follow them.
There’s no point in having policies if you don’t stick with them. Create. Implement. Update. Then regulate.
You don’t change.
Things change over time, including cyber threats. This means, that your cyber security policies, strategy, education, and tools should change over time, as well.
If you remain stationary, you really aren’t remaining stationary. This is because while everything else is progressing and evolving, you are not. You are falling behind. You are not remaining stationary because you are becoming less and less modern, less and less of a competitor, and less and less of a challenge to hack.
Never stop learning and always keep your business at least one step ahead of the threats.
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