When it comes to cyber security, pretty much every media report and news article focus on the damage, the threat and the money lost. There’s not a positive side. You’ll hear that the criminals and hackers are ahead of the game and security providers and governments are always trying to play catch up and when we think of cyber security, we tend to associate it with the following words:
This breeds a sense of fear and ok the unknown. The result, cyber security becomes something that we are forced into doing and not something that we really want to do. It’s associated with expense rather than investment.
It’s like going to the dentist, no-one likes it, we’ll put it off, if possible until the pain is unbearable, but we must go. Whereas if we look at going to the dentist in another way, we should want to go regularly because it’s what is best for us, it helps keep us healthy, prevents any serious problems developing and in the long term saves us money.
So, does our mind-set need to change around cyber security and the way we think of it? It is absolutely something that we need but it is also something that we should want to do.
Here’s some reasons why:
- Helps build reputation
- Helps elevate business to a trusted brand
- Creates competitive advantage/differentiator
- Strengthens market position
- Creates efficiencies
- Improves trust/customer confidence
- Provides cost savings
- Increases systems reliability
- Increases productivity
- Protects contracts
- A Deal-winner
How good your cyber security is, is an increasingly important concern when it comes to your customers.
Businesses are being asked to prove that they have good cyber security in place and show that they are secure both from end customers and supply chain customers.
So maybe it’s time to look at your cyber security, get ahead of the curve and give yourself a competitive advantage in the marketplace?