The rising frequency of cyber-attacks, which have resulted in billions of dollars in losses and the theft of various personal and financial data, has prompted a rise in cybersecurity spending. While new network breaches emerge on a daily basis, the industry is unable to meet the need for trained personnel to address the cyber threat.

There are many reasons that can compromise a business’ cybersecurity structures. Poor online safety practices, outdated security software, underfunded security resources, the list goes on. Even companies with thorough and rigid cybersecurity regulations still fall prey to these obstacles, as instead of working by the standard, many people find ways to go around the established guidelines.

But in order to find a way to combat these issues, let’s have an in-depth look at the causes of risk and cybersecurity failures.

1. Prioritising projects over safety

Business continuity became a priority over many other corporate functions, including cybersecurity. Security professionals had to shift gears and focus on supporting the struggling IT teams while their workforces were still adjusting to a completely online means of doing business.

2. Human error

Lack of accuracy and confidence in identifying threats is one of the greatest challenges for cybersecurity teams to overcome. Even if there are software solutions, security systems, and data compliance in place, they cannot protect the business from human error.

Overworked teams, bias, media-driven narratives, and the lack of cybersecurity education are some of the main influencing factors of human error.

3. Not taking the time to identify security risks

Many security breaches are caused by ransomware. Poor cybersecurity practices or lack of education often leads to corporate members being unable to identify ransomware and how it got into the system. Spam, malicious links, adware, and other backdoors can compromise the business’ cybersecurity.

4. A lack of cybersecurity workforces

There simply aren’t enough people with the necessary skills and expertise working in cybersecurity positions. There are hundreds of thousands of unfilled cybersecurity positions in the US, and even more across the globe, often demanding traditional university education over the skills, knowledge, and the potential of promising young candidates. While the shortage exists, employers are unwilling to adjust to their own needs by offering coaching or supporting cybersecurity education.

But a lack of education to meet the demand isn’t the only cause of a thin workforce. Recruitment is difficult, and new employees face burnout within the very beginning of their career. The lack of professionals in cybersecurity means that even freshly hired staff must immediately begin working on corporate’s cybersecurity demands and projects.

One of the most important things to remember is that you can’t and shouldn’t just leave cybersecurity up to professionals. Online safety is a shared responsibility among everyone in the business, and everyone should analyse risk to the best of their knowledge and ability instead of relying solely on the advice of peers.

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Author Laura Reali

Laura Reali

Laura is a content writer with a love for fantasy fiction and a stylist interest in fashion. If she isn't reading, you'll probably find her rearranging a fully black and white wardrobe.

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