5 Small Business Cyber Security Myths You Must Avoid

Cyber security is a crucial part of every business. However, it can also be a very confusing topic to navigate, particularly for small businesses that are short on both time and resources.

While we know that cyber security is important to large organisations, there are various myths worth dispelling regarding the accessibility and criticality of small business cyber security:

Myth #1: Small Businesses Are Not An Attractive Target For Cyber Criminals

Not true. In fact, small business owners are the most targeted group of individuals when it comes to cybercrime. The reason is simple: small businesses are considered an easier target because they often have limited resources and staff members who do not have the same level of training or experience as employees at bigger companies (with very little perimeter security, default passwords and no email filtering).

Myth #2: 'My Data Isn't Valuable Enough For Someone To Target'

This myth has plagued small businesses since the inception of the internet. Even if your data isn’t ‘valuable’, it can still be exploited when it falls into the wrong hands. The reality is that despite how valuable you think your data may be, hackers will continue to find ways to gain from your private information. You should have a plan in place for securing your company’s data, but don’t rely solely on technology alone as there are other ways hackers can get in such as social engineering attacks This is why you also need cyber security training, check that out here.

Myth #3: 'I Can't Afford Security Tools'

Many small businesses believe they cannot afford security tools because they are expensive and complex to use. However, there are many free tools and simple steps available that can protect your business. For example, the Microsoft Authenticator app is a completely free app to enable multi-factor authentication across your devices to enhance your account security.

Myth #4: 'I'll Know When I'm In Danger'

This is not necessarily true! Hackers know how to cover their tracks and as result, many attacks go undetected for months after they have occurred. In fact, it takes organisations on average an astonishing 287 days to realise that they have been breached.

Myth #5: You Can Protect Your Business With An Antivirus Program or Firewall

Many people believe that if they have installed an antivirus program or firewall on their computer, they don’t have to worry about being hacked by cyber criminals. But this, unfortunately, could not be further from the truth. These programs only protect your computer from known viruses and malware. Without a fully managed service, a criminal could easily exploit the vulnerabilities found within the software.

Despite some of the myths that are out there, there are many ways for you to protect your small business against cyber threats. Now is the time to take stock and ensure that you’re protecting your company, people, clients and reputation from potential cyber damage.

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Kurt brings more than 20 years of leadership experience having been an early part of the global success of Microgaming in becoming a market leader. Kurt was responsible for the commercial, contractual, and technical sales for Microgaming and with this experience will complement the company’s growth strategy.

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Paul is responsible for the Riela Tech service levels, working on both the dispatch function and SLA management. Paul carries out a variety of duties across the Network Operations Centre and works closely across the wider team to deliver professionally tailored solutions for our Riela Tech clients.

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Alex joined the Riela Group in August 2020, shortly after graduating with a Psychology degree from Nottingham Trent University.

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Matthew has significant experience within the maritime industry having previously worked across various sectors including insurance, security, satellite communications and managed IT. Matthew’s most recent experience encompasses almost 5 years spent with the leading satellite communications and managed IT provider in the maritime industry, focusing on their superyacht clientele.

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Christian gained a postgraduate Master in Finance degree at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and completed his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Before joining us, Christian worked for six years at Argosy Capital, an Isle of Man-based private equity and venture capital business focusing on early-stage growth businesses. At Argosy, he focused on managing investment companies, research and financial analysis and served as a director on several boards.

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