In a world where technology is rapidly advancing, the need to guard our data is becoming more necessary than ever. Software and cybersecurity tools have been created to do just this, but how much protection do we really need and when does it become too much?
What are cybersecurity tools?
Cybersecurity tools are technologies and programs designed to protect the IT systems of a business from unauthorised access, malicious software and other types of cyber-attacks. Given that over half of all cyber attacks are targeted at small businesses, the need for affordable and efficient tools is great.
Some of the most common types of attack include:
- Phishing – When an attacker poses as a trusted source and sends emails that trick the recipient into revealing sensitive data or downloading malicious software.
- Malware – Hidden software that once installed can damage files, gain unauthorised access or even allow other malware or viruses onto your PC or laptop.
- Denial of service (DoS) – When a hacker floods your website with more traffic than it is capable of handling. This can result in downtime where you are unable to provide your services, which may also damage your reputation with customers.
There are many reasons why a business will need to use cybersecurity tools, but there are some situations where they may not be beneficial.
Pros for businesses
Cybersecurity tools can:
- Plug vulnerable holes in your IT systems – If you detect any vulnerabilities in your IT systems, you can use a cybersecurity tool to help fill these in.
- Keep you ahead of advancing attackers – New threats and attacking methods are constantly being created. Therefore, new types of software may be necessary to help combat them.
- Save time and costs with automated solutions – Rather than wait until the damage is done and be forced to dedicate resources to resolve the problem, automated software can be put in place as a preventative measure.
Cons for businesses
On the other hand, cybersecurity tools can:
- Be hard to manage – Every new system you implement means another tool that you need to maintain and update.
- Become costly – Many of these tools share similar features. Installing too many may eventually leave you with multiple redundant tools, all of which will cost you money.
- Slow down your processes – Having many tools running at the same time can increase loading and response times.
Is too much security a bad thing?
It can be hard to keep up with the rise of cyber threats, especially when each new tool claims to do something different.
However, as a business, it pays to question whether you are using more cybersecurity tools than you really need.
For most businesses, the answer is yes. The real problem arises when you have too many tools doing similar jobs, which can make the task of managing them a nightmare. Plus, if these tools are not monitored and regularly updated, chances are you will end up with another security problem to deal with.
What is the solution?
As you can see, trying to understand which software is best for your business can be a struggle. The need to stay ahead of threats can feel like a constant battle, and the sheer amount of cybersecurity tools can be overwhelming.
As specialists in IT security for the legal sector, our team of highly skilled technicians can advise you on the best services that are relevant for your business, saving you time and money whilst keeping you protected against new threats.
Want to know more? Check out our services or call us today to book your free IT consultation on 020 3355 7334.