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Cybersecurity: The 3 reasons your business will never be totally secure

When it comes to your business and its data, nothing is ever 100% secure.

It doesn’t matter how much antivirus or anti-whatever you have in place … there will always be something standing in the way of complete and total network security. And here are 3 major reasons why.

Cyber threats are always changing.

That’s right. ALWAYS. This is the Sharknado-sized problem with network security — you put something in place and think you’re good to go, but shortly thereafter you uncover vulnerabilities.

This isn’t any fault of yours. In fact, that solution was probably perfect for the security issues that existed at that particular point. But the thing about cyberthreats is that they aren’t constant. They are forever involved in a process of evolution — the threat evolution.

Because of this, your security solution MUST change alongside those threats. When hackers and cybercriminals up their game, your game should also be upped.

It’s kind of like when ransomware first debuted.

People didn’t know how to respond to ransomware. It was a new threat, with no pre-existing method to fight it off (which is still slightly true to this day). With this relatively new threat living inside the digital world, industry leaders were forced to alter and improve their security solutions.

At one point, their methods worked — but with a new and evolved threat, network security solutions also had to evolve.

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Internal actors will always be there to mess things ups.

Let’s just imagine for a second that your network security solution is perfect — meaning, it has the ability to fight off current AND future threats. Even if this is the case, this doesn’t mean stuff can’t get out (or be allowed in).

You see, employees will always be the weakest link in your cybersecurity strategy. That’s just how it works. And unfortunately, this means that your security will almost always be at the mercy of the human element.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that employees have an intent to be malicious (although it very well might be the case). Accidents are also common and so is ignorance. Together, human error and simple ignorance can tear your network apart (consider social engineering and phishing — which just so happen to be the leading sources of ransomware).

With this being said, it’s more important than ever to:

  1. Regularly train your employees on cybersecurity best practices.
  2. Strategically assess and maintain your administrative policies and access to data.

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Data thieves work 24/7/365

Thieves want to invade your network all day, every day. Think of them like raptors testing the cage around them for vulnerabilities. But unlike fictional dinosaurs, there are thousands of them, and they’re human smart.

Whether you’re asleep, at work or pursuing your passion projects, there’s always someone looking for a way into your network.

Should you have even a momentary lapse in security or oversight, there’s a chance these thieves will exploit it and help themselves to your data.

Once they gain access, well… there’s no telling what will happen to your data. But you can bet it won’t be good.

Combine fulltime vulnerability with the threat evolution discussed above, and you can see why it pays to stay vigilant and to take steps to make sure your network oversight is on point. No business can avoid all vulnerabilities, but there are still additional things you can do to minimize exposure.

Clearly, network security is something no business should go at alone, and it all extends far beyond that of malicious cyberthreats and internal actors.

With so much at stake and with so many hard-to-control threats on the horizon, it’s important to have professional help. If you’d like to discuss your network security options, then send us a message.

You can also learn more about safeguarding your network by taking a look at 4 of the simplest ways to achieve better network security.