Virtual space can protect us from pandemic, but it is not at all safer with online viruses spreading so fast. Cyber-attacks have become more sophisticated and diverse especially during this time when everyone spends more time online. When a minute spent on the internet means more than 400 thousand hours of movies on Netflix or nearly 210 thousand conference participants on Zoom, Almost 3000 Tiktok downloads or more than 500 hours of video uploaded to YouTube or 350 thousand stories uploaded to install, data collected according to the Statistics source.
In the times we live it is essential to look at cyber security not only as a set of rules to follow or a tick-box course but daily conduct that everyone assumes as a part of their "healthy lifestyles". Today, we'll present you the most common myths about cyber security.
Myth 1: The IT team provides 100% protection against cyber attacks.
It is absolutely wrong to increase cyber integrity and security solely at the expense of the team of IT security professionals, as hackers are increasingly chasing employees of businesses, who of course have their devices connected to the network. That is, it is the duty of each employee to know the main rules and minimum requirements for cyber security to prevent and respond correctly to a security incident.
According to IBM Security services, 95% of cyber-attacks are due to human error. On the other hand, according to ISSA data, 82% of employers report a lack of skills in cyber security.
Myth 2: Any password can protect you
A weak password can be easily guessed by hackers. They use solutions that constantly try to get access to any computer system. Even if we are talking here about access to your email address or your preferred social network, a simple password will be found by hackers quickly. One example is the US President, Donald Trump, whose password on Twitter, "Maga2020!", was guessed by an IT security researcher. So choose strong, complex passwords that do not have easily identifiable elements such as your name or date of birth and use two-step activation for all the services that offer this feature. As far as possible, choose two-step authentication in an application like Google Authenticator, instead of SMS. In this way, online shopping sites, video streaming, online education and your e-mails will not allow access with stolen or compromised user names and passwords.
Myth 3: I cannot be the target of a cyber attack
wherever you work today, you can be the victim of a cyber attack. Hackers often attack the digital services of some companies and manage to bring ransomware viruses into the network with the help of people who are sure they cannot. According to statistics, you have 1 out of 4 chances to be the victim of a data security breach without having made a mistake. You've only signed in to a popular but vulnerable service.
Cybersecurity is not just for engineers and industry experts, it is a responsibility that concerns us all!