The phrase, “ignorance is bliss” has long characterized the cybersecurity practices of many businesses. It often takes a serious data breach to inspire the introduction of effective cybersecurity practices into day-to-day business operations. If a company has not yet experienced a hack, they may see cybersecurity as an unnecessary cost, or they may have been hacked but are unaware of any breaches.
According to Fortune Magazine, “There are two kinds of companies in the world: those that know they’ve been hacked, and those that have been hacked and don’t know it yet.” However, as cybersecurity moves to the forefront of business concerns, there is a third category emerging: companies that expect to be hacked soon.
At the end of 2014, CyberEdge, a small cybersecurity firm in the US, polled 814 leading IT security professionals across 19 industries located in North America and Europe. The results of this poll revealed an overall decrease in cybersecurity confidence. In fact, 52% of survey respondents answered that they believe that they will likely fall victim to a successful cyber attack this year. A greater number of respondents, 71%, admitted that they experienced a successful cyber attack in 2014.
Respondents cited a lack of funding for proper security implementation as one of their biggest challenges in attaining desirable levels of cybersecurity, followed by a lack of employee awareness.
Educating employees about cybersecurity best practices is an inexpensive and effective way to bolster security, but a secure system must be intact as well for optimal success, especially when employees frequently access corporate data remotely.
HOB offers affordable and scalable secure remote access solutions that can help safeguard systems from the potential risks associated with employee unawareness. By providing employees with a secure VPN for access to corporate data, your company can focus on other aspects of business in lieu of worrying about data breaches like the majority of businesses.
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