Did you know that the networks running your organization’s security are likely insecure? Over the past 15 years, we’ve worked on thousands of networks, CCTV systems, access control systems, and more. What unites them is that they’re often the least secure networks your organization has. These vulnerabilities stem from the pursuit of convenience, leaving these networks exposed to threats.
In the modern interconnected world, it’s critical to recognize that convenience can carry significant risks. Often, security integrators lack the necessary IT and cybersecurity training. These specialists may excel at their craft but are not equipped to secure your network adequately.
Clients also share responsibility. Many prefer their security systems to work seamlessly without investing in additional security measures. There’s reluctance to fund firewalls with VPN services or involve the IT department, as they fear added complexity.
Open Wi-Fi networks, commonplace in many organizations, are a prime example of this vulnerability. While convenient, they can be enticing targets for cyberattacks. Leaving management interfaces and remote desktop protocols (RDP) exposed to the internet presents opportunities for malicious actors.
Specialized integrators play a pivotal role, but they must adapt to the new connected reality. Bridging the gap between security systems and network infrastructure requires a deeper understanding of IT and cybersecurity, areas in which they often lack expertise.
The challenge lies in convincing clients of the necessity of cybersecurity investment. While initial costs may seem steep, the long-term benefits far outweigh them. Cyberattacks can lead to substantial financial and reputational losses. Therefore, it’s crucial to emphasize that cybersecurity is not an optional add-on but a fundamental requirement.
What does this all mean? The security networks within your organization require attention. They should be a stronghold, not a vulnerability. Recognizing the risks posed by insecure networks, addressing the challenges faced by specialized integrators, and persuading clients of the importance of cybersecurity investment are key steps in safeguarding your organization. Neglecting cybersecurity is a costly gamble in today’s interconnected landscape.