Like every organisation, small and medium business have similar problems when it comes to getting people to focus on digital security.
These are some of the inane comments we hear when we discuss digital security with staff and management of SME’s
- Cybersecurity is Not my problem?
- Why should I worry about that, we have a firewall?
- Isn’t that an IT problem?
- My staff and management teams would never do that!
- Everyone has the same password for our business system, why is that a problem?
- We do not see any reason to use complex passwords!
As you can see all of these comments have one thing in common. Digital security is someone else’s problem.
The first people who will notice a problem with their computer will be the people who are using it the most.
- They will notice a drop in performance.
- They will notice when something is not working at an optimum.
- They will notice that something is not working at the precise level that is needed for them to do their job.
In today’s business world it is very important for all users to understand that they are a target of digital crime. Being a target means that they need to do something, anything they can to protect themselves from cybercrime.
Cybercrime is what it is.
- Get infected with a virus = cybercrime.
- Open a link in an email and have everything encrypted = cybercrime.
- Full-blown DDOS attack = cybercrime.
- Just being connected to the digital world makes you a target. The less protection you have makes you an easier target.
Get over it – anyone who has a device that connects to the digital world is a target.
- Mobile phone = target.
- Smart Tablet = target.
- X-box = target.
- Computer, server, cloud-based systems are also targets.
In addition to these comments, the digital criminals are clever, persistent and always on the lookout to compromise your system.