5 Cybersecurity Myths That Need Debunking in 2020

As the Cybersecurity industry continues to grow, so do the misconceptions and myths that surround it. With each year there are new cybersecurity myths that are believed as truths, and 2020 is no exception.

Here are the latest cybersecurity myths that you need to stop believing:

My Antivirus Software is Enough Protection

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Many believe that, if they have reliable antivirus software on their computer, they’re safe from cybersecurity threats. This is, of course, a myth. Antivirus software can assist in containing the damage from a cyber-attack, but it cannot prevent the attack from occurring. The job of a hacker is to try and breach your anti-viral security so one has to be careful of their online activities, regardless of anti-malware.

IT Professionals Don’t Fall For Cyberattacks

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While most IT professionals are very capable and aware of suspicious activity, they are human just like everyone else and do make mistakes from time to time. Human errors make up 95% of cybersecurity breaches. New and elaborate cyber schemes can sometimes slip past even the most seasoned IT professional so this myth definitely needs to be debunked. There is always a margin of error (in any field) and it’s important to keep that in mind.

The Security Team is Going to Support Me

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It’s crucial for any organization to have a competent security team; that’s why upskilling and reskilling are so important. Without continual training, methods of best cybersecurity practice become outdated. That’s why so many companies are unable to keep their security team onboard for the long haul. In a 2018 survey conducted by the Ponemon Insitute, they found that companies cite their “inability to hire and retain expert staff” as the biggest cybersecurity risk they encountered. Of course, there are also human factors that come into play. The lesson to be learned here is, basically, don’t completely trust another employee to do everything for you. A security team has a lot on its plate and is bound to make mistakes at some point so everyone has to be accountable for practicing safe cyber habits.

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Cyberattacks Only Happen to Large Businesses

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Wrong! Cyberattacks can happen to anyone and any business—large and small. No one is immune from breaches in cybersecurity. According to Verizon in their 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report, small businesses account for 28% of data breaches.

My Wi-Fi has a Password so I’m Secure

Shared and public Wi-Fi platforms are known for being insecure, even with the veneer of safety. It’s incredibly important not to access important data on shared networks even with a password. First of all, passwords are not ironclad and can be hacked easily. Also, shared workspaces and remote employees can make a system vulnerable to security threats so it’s important to debunk the myth that passwords make everything secure, sooner rather than later.  

Conclusion

Cybersecurity safety is more than just awareness. The best way to end these cybersecurity myths for good is through training and proper cyber education. By knowing how to solve the problem you can stay safe in the digital realm through 2020 and beyond.

Katherine Sloan

Katherine is a New York City-based freelance writer and editor whose work mostly explores art, literary themes and film. She has also most recently forayed into the world of STEM editing. You can read her non-fiction essays at A Gathering of the Tribes and Overture Global.