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Four Myths Business Leaders Believe about IT Security [Plus the Reasons Why They Aren’t True]

Written by Emily Jones, PMP, CABM, MCITP on August 17, 2020

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It’s easy to take technology for granted, especially when it’s working well. If things are working well, why pursue additional solutions like data monitoring or secure cloud storage?

Unfortunately, many business owners are asking this question and taking this approach to network security, even though that leaves them susceptible to havoc-wreaking cyber-attacks.

In most cases, businesses believe they’re saving money or that they’re doing something that’s genuinely good for the company. In reality, the only good thing about these myths is that they are easily busted.

I’ve outlined four of the most common myths that business leaders believe when it comes to IT security and the reasons why they aren’t true.

1. My business saves money by not spending on IT security measures.

A lot of business owners skip out on things like network security, cloud backup, data protection and data monitoring because they don’t like the up-front cost or another monthly bill.  However, many businesses end up paying more in remediation costs because they didn’t invest in IT security or use qualified IT professionals from the start.

When your business is hit with a malware attack, it can be costly to get your business up and running again. IT specialists will have to scrub your network and make sure valuable organizational data can be recovered. Not only do you have to pay to get your network cleaned, but your cash flow also takes a hit while you get everything fixed and your technical infrastructure is down.

While pursuing IT security may mean that your business incurs an additional cost, working with a managed IT services firm can be cost-effective in the long run.

2. IT security isn’t worth the return on investment and doesn’t provide tangible results.

When your network security solutions are running smoothly, you won’t know it. It all happens in the background. But, because it may not be something that’s noticeable on a daily basis, many business leaders wonder if they’re really getting their money’s worth from their investment in IT security.

The truth is that IT security can provide tangible results! Many IT services firms let businesses customize their reporting to receive daily, weekly or monthly reports from your IT security company with the metrics that are important to you (including what they’re doing for your business and the exact threats they’re protecting you from.)

3. I don’t know enough about IT to make informed decisions about security.

Working with an experienced IT services firm means that you don’t have to make IT decisions alone. A good IT services company will work closely with you to provide you with the information, resources and tools you need in order to focus on your customers and the successes of your business.

They’ll educate you and your team, ensure you have the understanding and information to be empowered when it comes to IT security and help you identify the best technology for your needs.

4. Data breaches are uncommon, and the chances of it happening to my business are low.

Many business leaders don’t believe that a data breach or malware attack will happen to their organization. The unfortunate truth is that if you haven’t invested in IT security, then your business is at risk; and, threats like data breaches, malware and cyber-attacks could be closer than you might think.

A simple virus scan app or firewall just isn’t enough in today’s environment. Hackers and cybercriminals are relentless, and cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly common in today’s environment.

Protect and Empower Your Company to Reject Myths about IT Security

When you don’t take IT security seriously, or if your business believes these myths, it can end up costing your company significantly in the long run both monetarily and in your business reputation. It’s important to work with an IT security company that will help you to protect your business the right way.

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