What Are The Top Ten Cybersecurity Strategy Mistakes of 2021?

The Schneider Downs cybersecurity team shares the most common cybersecurity strategy mistakes organizations are making in 2021.

The Schneider Downs cybersecurity team dedicates significant time and resources to maintaining a detailed understanding of advanced threat actors’ current capabilities and methodologies. Our team leverages this knowledge to help organizations of all sizes and industries be better prepared for the evolving threats of today and tomorrow. In our latest whitepaper our team highlights key insights gained through strategic discussions with business and technology leaders attempting to navigate the shifting landscape of modern cybersecurity.

 Download the Whitepape 

Many organizations still lack a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity risks and with so many technical variables and threats, their cybersecurity strategy could find itself relying on thought processes that are outdated or based on false assumptions. From a penetration tester’s perspective; these strategic mistakes are often the root cause of significant compromises. In this whitepaper, we discuss several critical misconceptions and overlooked risks that may be lurking within your organization’s cybersecurity strategy and review practical approaches to help reach an effective cybersecurity posture, such as:

Bystander Mentality: Underestimating the Probability of Being Targeted by Threat Actors

The bystander mentality is one of the most small to mid-sized organizations, and it often results in within their cybersecurity strategies. Every organization is a potential target and should take a “not if, but when” approach to cybersecurity threats.

Seesaw Logic: Intentionally Excluding Security Controls Due to Convenience Concerns

One of the largest misconceptions organizations have is that increasing security always decreases convenience. While truly effective cybersecurity strategies impact existing processes, the idea that a change in routine is worse than poor cybersecurity strategies is simply not true.

Tunnel Vision: Focusing on the Specific Instances Instead of Root Causes

Organizations tend to focus on individual instances versus the underlying cause of cybersecurity incidents. Leadership will ask “who clicked on something bad?” or “who is using weak passwords?” instead of reflecting on their phishing education, technical controls or policies.

Download the “Top Ten Cybersecurity Strategy Mistakes of 2021” at www.schneiderdowns.com/top-ten-cybersecurity-mistakes-2021 to see the full list and learn best practices from our team to develop and implement sound cybersecurity strategies to keep your people and data secure.

About Schneider Downs Cybersecurity

The Schneider Downs cybersecurity practice consists of experts offering a comprehensive set of information technology security services, including penetration testing, intrusion prevention/detection review, ransomware security, vulnerability assessments and a robust digital forensics and incident response team. For more information, visit www.schneiderdowns.com/cybersecurity or contact the team at [email protected].

In addition, our Digital Forensics and Incident Response teams are available 24x7x365 at 1-800-993-8937 if you suspect or are experiencing a network incident of any kind.

You’ve heard our thoughts… We’d like to hear yours

The Schneider Downs Our Thoughts On blog exists to create a dialogue on issues that are important to organizations and individuals. While we enjoy sharing our ideas and insights, we’re especially interested in what you may have to say. If you have a question or a comment about this article – or any article from the Our Thoughts On blog – we hope you’ll share it with us. After all, a dialogue is an exchange of ideas, and we’d like to hear from you. Email us at [email protected].

Material discussed is meant for informational purposes only, and it is not to be construed as investment, tax, or legal advice. Please note that individual situations can vary. Therefore, this information should be relied upon when coordinated with individual professional advice.

© 2023 Schneider Downs. All rights-reserved. All content on this site is property of Schneider Downs unless otherwise noted and should not be used without written permission.

our thoughts on
SEC Charges SolarWinds and CISO Timothy Brown For Misleading Investors
Think Before You Click: Fake Browser Updates are Back in Style
Protect Your Manufacturers: 3 Common Cyber Attack Methods to Watch Out for in 2023
Protect Your Students, Faculty and Staff: 3 Common Cyber Attack Methods to Watch Out for in 2023
Protect Your Retail Business: 3 Common Cyber Attack Methods to Watch Out for in 2023
Cybersecurity in the Construction Industry
Register to receive our weekly newsletter with our most recent columns and insights.
Have a question? Ask us!

We’d love to hear from you. Drop us a note, and we’ll respond to you as quickly as possible.

Ask us
contact us

This site uses cookies to ensure that we give you the best user experience. Cookies assist in navigation, analyzing traffic and in our marketing efforts as described in our Privacy Policy.