If it’s so easy, why are so many companies still getting caught out by hackers?

The simple answer that it’s all a bit too much hassle.

Cyber threats are a daily problem for businesses of all sizes. Everyone knows the risks, but despite all the news reports and constant warnings, trends demonstrate a huge hike in data breaches and hacks over recent years.

The use of mobile devices for work have enabled us to become immensely more productive and flexible with our time. But without proper management it’s also created the perfect opportunity for cyber criminals to make money (and lots of it).

Proper robust passwords can be notoriously onerous to manage. So many companies simply pass it off as a job too time consuming to do anything about.

Even when faced with the ever increasing risk of data loss, downtime and public naming and shaming, bosses everywhere are still burying their heads in the sand and hoping it all goes away. When employees leave a company on bad terms, countless organisations fail to put the correct procedures in place to protect their critical data.

Even when password policies are written and shared with staff, they’re still not being enforced.

A 2019 report from Yubico revealed that despite an increase in understanding about cyber crime and password best practice, behaviour is still falling short.

Look in any office and you’ll still find people:

  • Sharing login details
  • Scribbling passwords on Post-it notes and sticking them on their computer screens
  • And failing to keep schedules for password changes

You might just as well build a house with straw and put a big sign outside saying “Dear Mr Wolf, please steal all my stuff and eat me for breakfast”.

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