The industry reports and associated statistics are all providing the same fundamental insight about the state of cybercrime. A quick internet search of “Cybersecurity Trends” will consistently deliver similar basic findings. A survey of the people you trust in your professional network about cybercrime concerns will yield common, if not identical, feedback.
There are two simple truths related to cybersecurity.
- The risk and exposure related to cyber threats is at an all time high and it is only getting worse.
- Most organizations are struggling to build and maintain effective cybersecurity programs.
Executives must realize by now that there is a thriving, in fact – BOOMING cybercrime economy. They must also realize by now that the organization they work for is a prime target of malicious hackers. Furthermore, executive must also recognize that successful cybersecurity attacks can have great consequences like lost careers, financial ruin, squandered opportunities and even threaten business solvency. Yet for some reason, most executives have failed to accept the responsibility bestowed upon them to develop effective cybersecurity programs and reduce overall risk. Perhaps the “failure” is not necessarily accepting that responsibility but instead the “failure” is taking proper action.
Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. It is an irrational human behavior that creates unnecessary stress and delivers subpar performance or results. Why are so many executives struggling to address the detrimental cybersecurity concerns that threaten the well being of their organization, its customers, and employees? The most common reason is that they are simply procrastinating.
Hackers love procrastination. They love when organizations decide to “kick the can down the road” and address cybersecurity risks sometime later. It means that hackers will continue to feast upon technology environments that have lackluster defenses and prey on organizations that are woefully unprepared to respond to cyber-attacks. Hackers love procrastination because it promotes their success!
So why are so many Executives procrastinating? The most common reasons why humans delay the start or finish of any given task are:
- They lack the confidence or expertise to accomplish the job.
- They have a bias against the task itself.
- They have a fear of failure – they are perfectionists.
- There is a more attractive task available to perform – joy of temptation.
Here are some ways you can fight procrastination and develop an effective cybersecurity program for your organization.
- Change your mindset – Addressing cybersecurity concerns can be hard, annoying, unattractive, or downright overwhelming. But you must appreciate the fact that it needs to get done.
- Learn new things – Subscribe to our newsletter here for helpful tips and information. Read our blog posts regularly, we often post content about cybersecurity.
- Don’t worry – Do not worry about creating the perfect cybersecurity program, it will evolve and improve over time. The most important thing is to finish version 1!