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Real Cybersecurity Still Requires Human Intervention

Along with all the physical safety concerns that came with the COVID pandemic of 2020, there have also been a slew of new cyber security concerns. Ransomware attacks have risen by 400% since the start of the pandemic. Companies are more vulnerable than ever now that so many employees are working from remote locations and unsecured devices or networks.

Unfortunately, ransomware attacks are easy money for cyber criminals. With all the security holes left by the “new normal” of remote work, access is much easier. It’s also easy to make a profit as businesses are often forced to pay millions of dollars to get their devices or files unlocked. Then of course there are cyber crime “gangs” who provide malware to other cyber criminals and then take 20-30 percent of the ransom money in return.

It’s no question that cyber crime has us at a disadvantage and businesses are struggling to keep up with the new security issues and demands. Currently, 62% of SMBs do not have the in-house cyber security expertise they need. Sixty percent have no cyber security policy in place, and 58% have budgeted less than 10k for their cyber security.

Although the most common security measures can prevent many ransomware attacks, they can’t catch everything and they can’t always distinguish between real or false cyber security threats. Finding the perfect formula for thwarting every potential attack takes that expertise of real humans as well as the use of security technologies.

Cyber criminals are humans who are constantly learning to circumvent standard security measures. It takes a human response to understand and fully prevent every attack.

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Jessica Smith

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