Who’s really responsible for cyber security?

Effective cyber security is really hard. Layering a range of security technologies on top of each other. Designing the appropriate policies. Enforcing those policies on people who see them as frustrating obstacles to getting the job done.

And when you succeed on every count? The ever-changing landscape of threats means you probably need to start making changes right away.

It’s no wonder, then, that so many of us are eager to let someone else take responsibility. But while the right technology can help, the truth is that only one person is responsible for cybersecurity. That’s you.

To help you do your part, privileged account management specialists, Thycotic, have prepared a free eBook – Cybersecurity for Dummies: Thycotic Special Edition.

You can download your free copy now to get practical advice on staying secure – and read on to find out more about the role you play in protecting sensitive data.

The role of IT teams

If you handle IT inside an organisation, you already know your head is on the chopping block in the event of a breach. But while knowledge and expertise go a long way, it takes more to protect your network.

More often than not, the problem is visibility. Using privileged account passwords as an example, it’s hard to discover all of the ones that are present on your network, let alone make sure they’re suitably complex, rotated regularly, and changed the moment they’re not being used or someone leaves the team.

And, of course, this is all while dealing with users that don’t seem to take security all that seriously. IT teams may have accountability, but the responsibility reaches much further.

The role of users

Resellers and IT teams have important roles to play in cyber security, but they’re not the targets. People – frontline users – are by far the leading cause of cyber security failures.

Uniquely, they’re often the most exposed point in any business, while also being the most under-educated in what constitutes best practice. That’s why phishing, ransomware, and privilege escalation that starts on the endpoint remain so commonplace.

The biggest danger isn’t just a lack of understanding. It’s cyber fatigue – a weariness with the obtuseness of technology, which leads to security failings like repeated passwords for the simple sake of staying productive.

Getting users to take their responsibilities seriously means overcoming this fatigue with education that’s easy to understand and digest.

Get Cybersecurity for Dummies: Thycotic Special Edition

Who is responsible for cyber security? Each and every one of us. And whatever your level of expertise and experience, Cyber Security for Dummies: Thycotic Special Edition tells you everything you need to know – and do – in one concise eBook.

Get your free copy now to learn:

  • The biggest threats today’s businesses face
  • Ten easy-to-implement ways to stay secure
  • What to do to recover quickly if you’re attacked

Whether you’re an IT specialist or end-user, it’s a practical guide to cyber security in the familiar ‘For Dummies’ style.

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