Cyber Security Myths : We work online. We live online. As our fast-paced lives become exponentially dependent on digital services, the urgency of protecting our information from misuse is paramount.
In 2021, Microsoft went down in flames of shame as it suffered the biggest attack of that year, more than 30,000 US businesses were affected by a widespread attack on Microsoft Exchange email servers, one of the largest email servers biggest in the world.
The hackers were able to exploit four different zero day vulnerabilities that allowed them to gain unauthorized access to emails from small businesses to local governments.
For three months, hackers took advantage of some coding bugs to allow them to take control of vulnerable systems. They only needed two conditions to break into each individual company’s email servers:
- Internet connection
- On-premises locally managed systems
While some cybersecurity threats are overblown, some are dismissed as low-level threats. The issue at hand is that the Internet It has given us the advantage of seeking answers to any question.
Even though cybersecurity is such a hot topic, there are still several questions and assumptions around it; that prevent organizations from truly arming themselves against attacks. In this blog, we try to demystify the five most popular cybersecurity myths:
Myth: I have a firewall so I am safe from attacks.
Reality: Hackers understand the strategies adopted by a firewall quite well. Breaking codes and exploiting basic IT oversights to gain access to your system is a piece of cake for them. Breach investigation reports reveal that only 17% of cybersecurity threats were designated as highly challenging, implying that hackers generate 83% of cybersecurity threats without much effort. While most cyber security threats are preventable, your organizations cannot rely solely on firewalls for protection.
did you know
The average global cost for each lost or stolen record consisting of sensitive and confidential data was $154. In 2021, the health industry it continued to average the highest average total cost of any industry, reaching $9.23 million/data breach, an increase of 29.5% from 2020.
Myth: I use HTTPS, so my site is secure.
Reality: HTTPS is a mechanism to secure information while it is being transmitted from a source to its destination. It protects the data that is sent between a browser and a web server from Man In the Middle (MIM) attacks. Although it protects your website to a minimal level, HTTPS does not stop hacking of a website, server, or network. by decreasing Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS), hackers can brute force access controls and expose the availability of your website. Regardless of the client’s intent, HTTPS prevents most modern intrusion detection/prevention systems from analyzing incoming data. Simply put, HTTPS does not prevent a hacker from exploiting software vulnerabilities. It is not a good enough reason for you not to use HTTPS, but it is a point that you should take into account. Assume that everything you do online, HTTPS or HTTP, is being monitored.
did you know
In 2014, dozens of fake SSL certificates were discovered that were replicas of legitimate certificates from Facebook, Google, iTunes, YouTube, GoDaddy, etc. they did not check the legitimacy of the SSL certificates, they fell victim to man-in-the-middle attacks.
Myth: Security is not my concern when I host my website on someone else’s hosting space.
Reality: Hosting providers like GoDaddy, HostGator, DreamHost and others are responsible for hosting thousands of websites. Surveillance each site obviously requires a lot of time and resources, which your provider simply can’t afford. On a precisely protected server, compromising the content of one website will not render other sites defenseless, unless those sites are on the same account. It would not be an accurate scan even if a host scanned all sites because this type of service can only be predicted from a dedicated host or proactively managed server. If a site’s script is poorly coded, hackers can gain access to the site, corrupt the home page, add links to and from other sites, and even redirect the site. None of these are obvious malware for a typical scanner. A host can only provide server-level security, but the responsibility for individual sites still rests with the site owner.
did you know
Nearly 90% of all external attacks exploit poorly managed, misconfigured, or inadequately managed systems, which any fairly competent hacker could exploit.
Myth: If a computer is not connected to a network or the Internet, it cannot be attacked by viruses.
Reality: Unfortunately, no computer is a happy island. Insider threats are, in fact, the biggest threats. Since computers need patches to be downloaded and software updates to be loaded, users working inside your firewall with laptops, USB drives, and removable media that have been exposed to malware are a huge threat. Many cyber security specialists see USB flash drive as the biggest cyber security hazard.
did you know
In a research conducted on cybersecurity, it was found that 1 out of 8 attacks on computers these days, enter through USB devices.
Myth: Small or medium-sized businesses are not a worthwhile target.
Reality: Everyone knows the cybersecurity threat looming over large organizations like Anthem, Experian and the IRS that were hit by data breaches in 2015. However, a report from Her Majesty’s Government confirmed that 74% of small and midsize companies reported security breaches in 2015.
A popular notion is that when there are so many major corporations, why would a hacker target small businesses with minimal resources and less money? Here’s the clincher, though: Since hackers realize that smaller businesses don’t have adequate resources to defend themselves, they make an even easier and more tempting target. An attack that is becoming alarmingly popular is ransomware, in which attackers encrypt data taken from the victim (individuals/small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs)) and, in exchange for decrypting the data, request an “acceptable” amount of the victim. victim as ransom.
did you know
A survey of 233 small and midsize businesses by CFO Magazine found that about one in five small and midsize businesses reported cyberattacks on their computer networks over a two-year period through February 2016. Cybercrime remains a major concern with 51% of SMBs experiencing a cybersecurity breach
One of the biggest challenges facing organizations today is the incorrect assessment and evaluation of cyber security threats. Rigid beliefs around major cybersecurity myths often lead to misallocation of resources and setting inappropriate goals. Breaking down these myths is the key to developing a futuristic approach information security that’s exactly right for your business.
And finally, here’s a reality you’d like to know: Cyberattacks can be prevented when choose the right cyber security partner.
*** This is a syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog from WeSecureApp :: Simplifying business security! written by WeSecureApp. Read the original post at: https://wesecureapp.com/blog/top-5-myths-of-cyber-security-debunked/