Ignoring Cybersecurity Is Intellectually Dishonest

It should be common knowledge by now that, if you ignore cybersecurity, you are putting yourself and your company at risk. Yet, organizations are still inviting trouble by using legacy tactics and a multitude of legacy tools, coupled with insufficient planning of their cybersecurity programs.

A Sea of Cyber Blight
There is an endless sea of industry news and data that exhibits cyberthreats and all their shameful glory. The latest report by cybersecurity firm Sophos showed how 97% of organizations suffered a breach in the last year. Everything from ransomware attacks to phishing scams and data theft was included, and it’s entirely possible your company (or those you work with daily) is in that report – or the next, or the one after that.

The report on the costs of these breaches should shock even the most jaded of readers. On top of reputational damage, legal fees, business downtime, and the loss of data, the overall price tag for an average breach is just over $4 million. Ransomware attacks have an average cost of just under $2 million. Some are probably lower, and some are probably much higher, but the result is the same. It’s just plain nasty.

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