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Common Myths About Cyber Security (And the Truth Behind Them)

Cyber Security ConceptThere are a number of myths floating around about cybersecurity, and it can be challenging to differentiate the truth from rumors and misinformation. By enrolling in a cybersecurity program at Ashford Global, participants will be better able to see through the myths and get to the heart of digital protection.

Take a closer look at some of the most common cybersecurity myths as well as their accuracy.

Myth: With the Right Protection, You’ll Be Immune From Attacks

The verdict on this myth is that it is, unfortunately, absolutely false. There is no method that is 100 percent effective, and even a comprehensive cybersecurity plan won’t always work. Combining vulnerability testing, access limitations and IT professionals is a great plan of attack, but even government agencies and financial corporations, both of which take great care to protect data, can be victims of breaches and hacks.

Therefore, it is important to think about recovery and to have a disaster protocol ready in the event that something does happen. You may never need to use it, but it is smart to be prepared.

Myth: Common Sense is Enough Training for Most Employees

Many business owners believe that employees with common sense will already be doing everything they need to to prevent a cyber attack and limit vulnerabilities. However, even professionals who are incredibly successful at what they do won’t necessarily be following the right guidelines for cybersecurity.

A basic Security Awareness program can make a substantial difference just by teaching employees how to prevent breaches and hacks. Tips learned might include how to detect an unsafe wireless network, when to access company servers or networks remotely and whether it is okay to share a password or username around the office for convenience.

Myth: All Hackers are Bad

The word “hacker” has an inherently negative connotation, and it is certainly true that most hackers aim to create disruption or to steal information from companies, individuals and organizations. However, employing an ethical hacker can actually be a smart move for businesses who want to increase the level of cybersecurity protection.

Participants who complete the training and pass an exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker will know how hackers work, what strategies they will employ to steal information and how they can be stopped. Ethical hackers can find holes in your security infrastructure and do a better job of protecting your company.

Myth: Advanced Cybersecurity Training Isn’t Worth the Expense

This myth comes from business owners and IT professionals who don’t yet know the value of a tailored, advanced cybersecurity training program. Getting qualified and trained as an information security manager or a information systems auditor is a way for professionals to become experts in a certain area of protection.

Businesses who hire these trained and certified professionals will have much better cybersecurity infrastructure in place. This is an invaluable investment, because you simply can’t put a price on being a trustworthy company or protecting the billing information of clients.

Through cybersecurity training programs available at Ashford Global, participants and the businesses they work for will be better equipped to see through myths and get the real story on cybersecurity.

Contact us today to discuss your technology training needs.


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