Most businesses, both large and small, do not have the luxury of unlimited financial resources. This is even more true for those working within IT projects. There is often a tight budget to be adhered to, and such restrictions make it difficult for those campaigning for more security spending. Unfortunately, this is the reality, and the smaller the company, the bigger the problem tends to be. The priority is to ensure that a system is working as quickly and efficiently as possible, with security often finding itself down the pecking order. However, budget requirements is not the sole reason for the lack of prioritisation of cyber security.

Lack of technical understanding

IT security is one of the most complicated topics to understand. Consequently, any individual looking to become an expert in the field requires in-depth education and training. Not only that, but several years of practical experience of how to implement practices effectively. It’s no surprise then that security is not being given the necessary investment, as those responsible do not have the technical expertise required. They may not know the extent of the dangers posed, leading to the issue being largely ignored.

Not an obvious, or guaranteed threat

Even though cyber attacks are becoming much more common, they are by no means guaranteed. Many businesses, especially smaller, still have the mindset of believing they will not be targeted. Despite it being well known that this is not the case, such opinions do still exist. Furthermore, cyber criminals work in the background, which does not make them an obvious threat. Members of the boardroom have extremely busy schedules, and will prioritise problems that are clear to see. Therefore, the ‘potential’ threat of a cyber attack does not feature highly in their thoughts.

Lack of instant, direct benefit

When decisions are made on whether to invest in a system or process, the potential benefits of doing so is often a significant factor. Will it make a system faster? Will it make it easier to use? They are often two of the first questions asked during the consideration stage. The problem is, spending on security does not improve the speed of processes, or the ease of use of a system. Therefore, it’s not considered a priority, as it does not bring instant benefits. For some, only when an attack strikes will the outlook alter.

However, by that point, the damage has already been done. Be proactive. Act now.