Technology is a part of nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From our phones and computers to our air conditioners and watches, the digitization of our world is inescapable. Although we have seen a huge leap in said tech, there is still one huge problem: a lack of cybersecurity.
In the professional world, many company executives are still not taking cybersecurity as seriously as it should be taken. With an average of a 27.4% increase in the annual number of security breaches found and an average cost of $2.4 million per malware attack for companies, this means that a single cyberattack or incident could ruin your company at any time. How do you know if your team is not putting enough work into cybersecurity efforts at your business?
- Leaders think cybersecurity is “just a problem for the IT department.” – To put it simply, this could not be any more incorrect. It’s frighteningly common to hear c-suite executives pass off any cybersecurity issues or risks onto the IT department while thinking that that’s all it takes to protect the company. The truth is that every employee at every company, no matter the size, should be educated and trained in the matter. All it takes is a single click from one employee to cause a devastating amount of damage for your business. If your company leaders are not making this a priority in the office, chances are they do not fully understand the gravity of the situation.
- Executives believe that security is “one and done.” – As long as technology continues to drive forward and people continue to learn more about it, cybersecurity efforts must be ongoing. It is not a finite issue and one solution cannot protect your organization forever as new threats are literally popping up every day. Cybersecurity must be a continuous investment of both funds and the man hours required for adequate, up-to-date training for all employees. Investing in end-user training can reduce security related risks by up to 70% overall.
- C-suite executives are ignoring the Internet of Things in the company. – A newcomer to the world of business, the Internet of Things is helping to streamline processes and help make things simpler in the office. As of 2016, there were 6.6 billion IoT devices in use; by 2021, it is expected that there will be a whopping 22.5 billion being used in daily life and in the office. However, they are also opening your company up to a wide array of additional cybersecurity threats. From printers to farming equipment, devices on the IoT are scarily vulnerable to threats when proper security measures are not taken. If your company leaders are constantly adopting these new devices in the workplace without ensuring that they are secured and the people using them are trained, they are not taking the company’s cybersecurity measures seriously at all.
Cybersecurity is not something that should be taken lightly by anyone, especially the leaders of a company. A commitment to security must start at the top of an organization so that other employees follow.
Is your company truly secure? It’s time to take a look at your leaders.