The Main Myths about the IT Area

As already mentioned in other ActiveSys articles, the Pandemic brought an increase in the number of virtual attacks, which recall the urgency of implementing a corporate culture based on cybersecurity, in order not to lose sensitive data and documents.

The IT world is vast and covers several areas such as security, networking, protection and information management, among other components. However, prejudices against these aspects are many, sometimes unfounded, which leads to a lack of security and a disaster in the entire information systems process of a company.

In this way, ActiveSys helps to demystify the 15 main myths regarding the technological culture of an organization:

Search in private mode keeps you completely safe

Using private mode is an illusion of invisibility. What actually happens is that the browser won’t save your search history, or store cookies, and it won’t automatically log into accounts since the data hasn’t been saved. Also, it doesn’t protect against cyber attacks.

The chosen passwords are strong

Even the strongest password can be cracked by a hacker. The ideal is to carry out the good practices already mentioned by ActiveSys, such as the regular change of passwords, the diversified choice between platforms and the adoption of complex passwords. However, the future may be devoid of passwords.

If you have an antivirus installed, it’s already well protected

Digitalization allows hackers to constantly update themselves, making it possible for new viruses to appear daily. In view of this, it is essential that a regular antivirus update is carried out, and it is not advisable, even so, to download suspicious files.

When clicking on a link with a virus, if you close it quickly, the infection will not occur

From the moment you click on an infected link, and if you have not installed or updated an antivirus, malicious software can quickly infect your device.

Small businesses don’t attract hackers

Cybercriminals know that it is often easier to exploit the vulnerabilities of unknown and small companies, who are less protected and more exposed because they feel they are not attractive targets than choosing to attack big, well-known companies.

Employees do not compromise the company’s safety

A recent study by Newswire found that 90% of cyber attacks carried out on organizations had an employee’s oversight as a gateway. Sometimes this happens when the person clicks on an apparently trustworthy link or attachment. Thus, it appears that it is essential that the entire company is aware of the measures adopted for a good corporate cybersecurity culture.

Viruses only appear on dangerous websites

Currently, most malicious websites are legitimate websites that have been compromised and infected by malicious software. In addition, you can click on a link or download a file that, at first glance, is trustworthy and ends up containing a virus.

It’s easy to tell if a website is fake

Websites that contain malware or other malicious software imitate, down to the smallest detail, legitimate websites, making it difficult for the user to perceive which is the real website. It may even happen that a hacker closely monitors the victim’s life in order to personalize the phishing message. 

A free antivirus is enough

Hacker attacks are becoming more and more complex. In view of this, basic protection may not be enough to stop these online attacks.

It’s easy to tell if a device is infected

The new methods of infecting a device are designed in such a way that the victim does not realize that he is being the target of a cyber attack, thus having more time to gather information, without being discovered.

A security software is enough to protect a device

It’s a step, but it shouldn’t be the only method to adopt. It’s important to have a well-designed backup plan that backs up regularly and to different locations, as well as keeping updates up to date.

Paying the ransom recovers data after an attack

A State of Ransomware survey stated in a study that an organization that pays the ransom recovers on average 2/3 of the data, 8% recovers all and 29% recovers half of the data. Paying the ransom, even if it seems like the easiest solution and is covered by insurance, does not guarantee the recovery of stolen data. After all, a ransomware attack can disable devices, leading to a data reconstruction, which can be more expensive than the rescue itself.

Developing an incident response plan is very costly

The investment in cybersecurity will always be less than the cost of a potential cyberattack. Any incident can pose a threat to business continuity, so each organization must be prepared to respond to any incidents.

The Cloud is only for large companies and is not secure

The cloud is not just designed for large companies, with huge infrastructures and many technological needs. The cloud provides extraordinary benefits for all types of companies, security being one of them, as the probability of hackers exploiting a vulnerability in a cloud is reduced, as systems are updated and protected against virtual attacks.

Updates only slow down the system

Updates, as already mentioned, are essential to keep the device safe, serving to correct any vulnerabilities that the operating system may have. There is, then, this need as experts try to address the new types of cyberattacks that may arise. As for system sluggishness, the reason tends to be lack of space or full storage.

For each of these myths, ActiveSys has services and solutions that allow you to keep your organization always safe, without having to worry about whether your systems and devices are up to date. Also, with our intervention, you are no longer afraid of suffering a computer attack and you always feel confident that your network and your organization are properly protected and managed.

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