In industries where things are constantly in flux, myths inevitably arise, and the cybersecurity industry is no exception. Recently, we’ve encountered certain misunderstandings regarding network security with increasing frequency. In this post, we’ll debunk some of the more prevalent cybersecurity myths we’ve heard to help you refine your security strategies.

Myth 1: Industry Compliance Equals Security

For businesses operating in industries with specific network compliance requirements, ensuring you’re staying compliant is a critical part of protecting clients, employees, and your bottom line. However, some organizations believe that by meeting industry compliance requirements, they’re doing everything they need to be doing to defend network data.

The Reality

While satisfying compliance requirements can help establish a rudimentary data security platform, it’s rarely enough. That’s because compliance audits are generally not rigorous enough to uncover deeper network vulnerabilities that cybercriminals can exploit. At the same time, merely focusing on compliance can leave your network vulnerable to evolving security threats that compliance requirements haven’t yet addressed.

Myth 2: Consolidating Data Increases Security and Efficiency

As organizations generate and process increasing amounts of data, they often believe that storing and managing that data in one location — either virtual or physical — maximizes security while making it easier to manage.

The Reality

Storing sensitive data on one centralized platform does little to advance security. At the same time, consolidating data can slow your team down since you still need to find ways to turn that data into valuable insights. That means storing data where it’s most valuable and where it’s actually being used is ultimately in your organization’s best interest, so long as you’re taking the proper measures to secure each platform.

Myth 3: Manual Penetration Tests Are No Longer Necessary

As automation becomes increasingly prevalent, some organizations believe that manual pen testing is no longer necessary.

The Reality

While automation is excellent for vulnerability assessments that need to target specific applications a variety of times to be most effective, it only gets you so far. That’s because automated security testing and vulnerability scans generally only reveal known security vulnerabilities. As a result, uncovering undiscovered security threats often requires a human perspective to keep your network protected at every level. In short, if you’re looking to maximize the effectiveness of your cybersecurity platform, you need to achieve a balance between more frequent vulnerability scans and ongoing penetration testing.

Myth 4: More Is Always Better

With the increasing number of cybersecurity services and products on the market today, some organizations believe that throwing more money at threats provides the maximum level of security.

The Reality

Trying to implement and deploy all of the cybersecurity strategies and platforms can actually end up stretching your cybersecurity team and partner too thin. Your team can’t be experts in every aspect of the latest platforms and technology. Instead, focus on responding to your industry-specific threats and cultivating a team that’s great at defending against those threats, instead of providing sub-par defense against every potential danger out there.

Myth 5: You Should Be Handling Everything Internally

As organizations grow, they often reach a point where they think they need to be handling all of their cybersecurity needs internally in order to maximize efficiency.

The Reality

For organizations focused on growth, it doesn’t take long to realize that your internal team lacks the resources to continually respond to ever-changing security threats in real-time. Trying to manage every aspect of your cybersecurity platform can quickly leave you vulnerable to developing threats while simultaneously making it more difficult for your team to focus on maintaining day-to-day operations. Managed service providers (MSPs) specialize in providing on-demand services to fill any gaps in your internal resources, so your IT never slows growth.

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Has your organization fallen for any of these myths? If so, the experts at Be Structured can help you remedy any issues and get your cybersecurity platform back on track. Contact our team today, and we’ll work with you to refine your network security strategies, so you’re protected today while preparing for tomorrow’s challenges.