Why is Cybersecurity Important?

Why is Cybersecurity Important?

You’ve probably heard the term “cybersecurity.” But what does it mean? Why should you care?  

October is Cybersecurity Month. So, let’s talk about it. 

Your home likely has a security system. (Are we right?) So why do you use it? To keep criminals from coming in and stealing your stuff, of course! Well, cybersecurity is along the same lines. But these bad guys typically slip in through the internet instead of entering through the windows or an unlocked door. And just like a home invasion, they’re after things they could make a profit from. Think of your customer data or financial information. Think they could benefit from that?

Big time. 

Your customers find out you’ve been hacked. They entrust you with information for gain, without regard for right or wrong. If customers lose their trust in you, they will leave. Find someone they can trust. 

Cybersecurity. Let’s define it.

Cybersecurity is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. This includes using multiple methods, one on top of the other, to protect data. We’re talking about everything from antivirus software to firewalls to creating physical protections around your computer equipment. (Security guards and locked doors.) Remember we were talking about criminals coming in through windows? If they can’t get to you through the internet, they’ll break into your physical space, hack your system, and take the information they want that way. 

So, now you’re thinking: You have my attention, so what should I be doing now?

Keep your security software updated. Because having “some” security software on your system isn’t enough. Criminals are constantly circling organizations (in a metaphorical, digital sense), looking for vulnerabilities. Where’s the weak spot? Where can they get in? They’ll find it if you give them enough time without a solid system. And then it’s too late. 

Talk to your employees. Make sure they’re educated. Do they know how cybercriminals work? Would they recognize a breach if it happened? If not, they need to learn fast. So do you. Together, you should be taught critical practices. For example, suspicious emails may contain malicious software. Because that’s another way they can sneak in. Suddenly, a malicious program has been downloaded onto your system. And now the havoc begins. 

Use strong passwords—something that a hacker can’t figure out. Make sure you use two-factor authentication. (Don’t know what that means? It means requiring an additional level of identity verification beyond simple login credentials. You must prove you are who you say you are twice before being allowed to access certain information.) Have a plan ready to go if a breach occurs. You don’t want just to sit there and panic. You want to be prepared to act immediately.  

At MGIV, we know what’s coming. We use that information to offer better protection. We’re always ahead of the bad guys. That’s our passion and mission. We hope that the easier target isn’t you. Protect yourself. You’ll be glad you did. 

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