Security Is Everyone’s Responsibility
Read one author's thoughts on the necessity for all employees to understand basic cybersecurity details and prevention measures.
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When it comes to cybersecurity, most people have a perception that it is the sole responsibility of the IT or Security department. However, in these changing times, internet security's responsibility does not lie on the shoulders of the technical elites alone, but is shared by everyone. As cyber-attacks are occurring at multiple levels, it is not only the tech geeks, but all others too who must take responsibility for safeguarding the IT systems. Still not convinced? Here are some more reasons to justify that cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. Let’s dive in.
Every Individual Is a Potential Target
A majority of data breaches are due to human error and a lack of security awareness. Human beings are the weakest links and, therefore, easily become a potential target. Cyberattack techniques such as phishing, social engineering, and many others are mainly directed towards specific individuals. Through social engineering, the intruder pretends to be someone you are familiar with and makes you fall into their trap easily. This can result in the exploitation of a large amount of confidential data by the attacker. To prevent such cybersecurity attacks, you need to more aware and tighten your defense systems. Make sure to think, analyze, and act before providing important data to someone.
Nowadays, there is far more interconnectedness between the workplace IT systems and the employees' devices than ever before. Through the use of multiple apps, employees can sign in and stay connected with different IT devices. With every new app being added to the system, it opens the door for potential cybersecurity attacks. Even though interconnectedness offers a lot of convenience in accessing all information easily and carrying out business operations faster, it can be risky. It also gives the attacker the key to access confidential data of your business. For this reason, make sure to limit the interconnectedness and integration as much as possible.
Technology Is Not the Ultimate Solution
Most organizations believe that having Next-Gen security technologies such as SIEM systems and Firewalls is the key to ensure optimum protection against cyber attacks. Although it is true to some extent, it is not applicable all the time. Technology proves to be useful for the initial blocking of the cyberattacks. However, technology fails to prevent attacks such as vishing. In such a situation, it is the individuals who need to protect the information. Working along with the technologies can help in ensuring better protection.
Rapid Evolution of Technologies
In the fast-paced world of today, technology is evolving like never before with the emergence of the latest creations, such as cloud technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), and more cybersecurity threats. So, instead of investing more in defense assets, it is vital to be more conscious and aware of your surroundings. Being vigilant can help detect the anomalies and report them as soon as possible, thereby preventing cyber attacks.
So, Security Is Everyone's Responsibility
All the points mentioned above make it clear that information security is everyone’s responsibility. In the era of growing cyber-attacks, everyone ranging from the customer support executives to the CEO of the organization can weaken or strengthen the organization's IT systems.
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