In 2016, dozens of corporations experienced security breaches due to insufficient cyber security strategies.

There was a total of 1,093 data breaches among U.S. companies and government agencies, which is a 40% increase from 2015 according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.

Out of all the different organizations, the business sector had the most data breach incidents and represented 45.2% of the total number of cyber security breaches. It’s now 2017 and if corporations want to keep up with more advanced malware and hacking techniques, they need to stop making these common cyber security mistakes.


  1. Ignoring quarterly security audits

Cyber security is an ever-evolving game and corporate security strategies, software, products and training need to be continuously updated. Protocols such as changing passwords and credentials when a former employee leaves the company should be adhered to in every corporate cyber security strategy.

There is no such thing as a perfect cyber security strategy, so don’t leave your company at risk and regularly evaluate your cyber security efforts.


  1. Not identifying and encrypting everything worth protecting

You won’t properly protect something if you don’t know its’ value. Failure to identify valuable company assets leads to weak security methods. Know what documents are confidential and encrypt all valuable items before uploading to an external hard drive or the cloud.


  1. Forgetting about IoT security

By 2020 every person is estimated to have an average of 5.1 connected IoT devices, and the market is projected to reach $29 billion. Yet with technological growth come more cyber security vulnerabilities.

Near the end of 2016, cyber security discovered that hackers can control IoT devices to cause massive DDoS attacks. Enterprises that choose to integrate IoT devices into their system need to have controlled access to the IoT devices. Companies also need to provide secure communication between IoT devices with zero overheads.


  1. Lack of cyber awareness in the workplace

In 2015 human error was identified as the leading cause of cyber security incidents. Cyber security awareness in the workplace is crucial if you want to lower your companies’ chances of experiencing a data breach.

In order to secure your businesses’ data, you have to create a cyber-aware culture in the workplace. Learn what 5 common cyber mistakes employees make to prevent a cyber security attack and save time and money.


  1. No defined BYOD guidelines

SecureEdge Networks reports that 80% of all BYOD is completely unmanaged. Beyond that, they say that less than 10% of all organizations report they have complete awareness of what devices access their networks.

With unmanaged BYOD guidelines, there is no way to know what types of confidential company data is leaking to the public. If you do decide to implement a BYOD policy, make sure that your terms are clearly outlined and that employees are educated on best practices.

If you don’t want to take the risk of BYOD, consider providing your employees cyber security smartphones such as the GATCA Elite.


It is designed to safeguard sensitive corporate data, with features such as TrueFace, a facial recognition tool, and COIN SL, a feature that locks the phone upon removal of its SIM cards.

GATCA Elite also offers dual SIM card slots. This feature allows the phone to be used both as a personal device and a work device simultaneously.

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