What is the difference between IT and Cybersecurity?
In short, cybersecurity professionals are specialists in their field.
We often hear clients say that they don't need a cybersecurity company because their "IT guy" or computer company handles all their security for data breach prevention. When we interview prospective clients on their current cybersecurity posture, the executives almost always fail to answer the most basic cybersecurity questions related to their security. Relying strictly on an IT company for security is almost guaranteed to compromise your business or practice.
Cybersecurity is not the same as IT. IT companies do not have the same level of knowledge, certifications, tools, or standard operating procedures required to protect your business from ransomware and cyberattacks. IT companies often use outdated technology and do not understand how hackers breach systems, or how to defend against them.
Battling cyber-criminals is something that we do 24/7. We are experts in the field. When it comes to protecting your business, confidential information, and your reputation, you must engage with a company that understands the complex nature of the threat environment and can implement technologies and strategies to defend against attacks.
The best IT companies tell their clients that they should engage with a cybersecurity company to enhance the security of their network and independently assess it. If your IT company pushes back, ask yourself, "Why would they not want me to be secure?" The reason IT companies typically push back is because they promised you something they cannot deliver.
Don’t let IT pass the buck
Too many executives and business owners find themselves on the wrong side of the table when a data breach occurs. When things go bad, you immediately turn to your IT company for help. In many cases, the IT company will say, "Sorry, we are not a cybersecurity company; this is not our fault."
If you don't have a full cybersecurity plan that includes vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, training and a security assessment, we should talk.
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