Why Businesses Are Panicking About Their Cybersecurity (Or Lack Of It)

Businesses are in a bit of a bind right now. They know that they should be investing more in defending themselves against cyberattacks, but many don’t know the first thing about how. What’s more, getting hold of people who know what they’re talking about is a challenge. The moment a cybersecurity professional puts themselves on the market, some other company snaps them up. There’s not enough to go around. 

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Cybersecurity risks have grown over the last five years. The issue these days isn’t so much that hackers are finding technical ways to get around firewalls. Instead, they’re exploiting human weaknesses in company defences, attempting to trick people into handing over sensitive information.

The following infographic charts some of the skills that cybersecurity managers need in today’s computing environment. It’s not just about installing the right anti-virus software and keeping it updated. It is also about managing threats and understanding the risks that businesses face. 

Of course, these risks are substantial. Every year, a new cybersecurity scandal hits, with some new company falling foul of a breach. Once word gets out to the public, many of these companies then face litigation, forcing them to hand over even more money. 

Taking risks with cybersecurity isn’t worth it. If your company relies on data or collects personally identifiable information, you need a security plan in place. The more you know, the more likely you are to avoid a serious breach and end up like credit reference company Equifax. Please check out the following infographic for more information. 


Infographic by University of Alabama Birmingham

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