Why Do Big Companies Keep Getting Hacked?

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Barely a day passes by without a mention in the news of a company being hacked. Sometimes, it’s small companies where only a handful of people will be affected. On the other end of the scale, huge companies are also falling victim to hacking. The Equifax hack is one of the biggest in history, while Playstation, Cloudflare, Sony, and even Target have all been victims of hacks and data breaches.

In fact, we’re all becoming so accustomed to these stories that they hardly bring forth more than a shrug when we see the news. We maybe check to see if we’re impacted by the hack, but apart from that, the stories peak and then they die away.

The idea that we’ve all become rather used to living in a world where our data isn’t secure… it’s more than a little strange, isn’t it? There’s a complacency amongst the general public; no one particularly seems to care, so nothing changes. If you care, then you might find it interesting to read through three of the main reasons that — even in an age where we’re all meant to fully understand internet and data security — massive companies keep falling victim to hacking.

#1 – No Company Can Protect Against Everything

Even with expert security consultants and managed IT services, no company can prevent against everything. The hackers are simply too good at what they do. For every deterrent that a company puts up, there are ten hackers working to break the wall down. It is nigh-on impossible for a company to be immune to every type of attack. That’s tough for customers to hear, but it’s the reality of the digital world. There are too many hackers and too many companies; eventually, the companies will lose out, and a data breach will occur as a result.

#2 – Companies Are Still Slow To Upgrade Their Digital Security

With huge IT departments and budgets, you’d think security was the first priority for companies. However, many companies just don’t — or elect not to — focus their resources solely on security. Instead, their IT services are based around the company software, focusing on the internal issues rather than the external threat. Even if the decision makers at a company are warned of the potential for data breaches, they tend to ignore it, or not see it as particularly problematic.

In the midst of the daily grind of keeping a company running, IT pros don’t have the time to focus entirely on security developments. They keep the company running, cross their fingers, and hope for the best with the security they have in place.

#3 – The Human Weakness

A company can install every security measure in the world, become the digital equivalent of Fort Knox, and they will still have a weakness in their system. It’s not a bug or a coding error; it’s far closer to home: humans. Yes, humans; humans who open emails they shouldn’t and spread worms and viruses through a network.

Will the pace of the hacks slow down? Perhaps, as companies become savvier to the enemy they are fighting. However, it’s always worth remembering that when you hand over details to a company, there’s a chance that data might not be secure — so be scarce, and look out for yourself.

Just a regular computer user. I write for regular users like me. When we grow up we are taught basic security tips like how to cross the street. But we are not taught how to take care of ourselves online.