Part 1 of this blog series highlighted the first of our favorite hot takes from 2021, as heard at Trava’s live cybersecurity awareness event in October.

In Part 2 of our Cybersecurity Hot Takes series, we answered the all-important question, “How important is a blue blazer to your cybersecurity program?” And featured the voice of the customer.

We conclude this series with Part 3 where we release our next three important cybersecurity hot takes from 2021.

7. Your company may have been infiltrated from a phishing scam and you don’t even know it. 

According to Verizon’s 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report, approximately one-third of data breaches involve phishing or related social engineering tactics, and 85% involve a human element. Because changing human behavior at scale is significantly more complex and difficult than implementing technical controls to protect systems, phishing continues to be a successful attack method and persists as one of the most concerning cyber threats.

And as hackers have become more sophisticated, more personalized, and more aggressive, your company could have been infiltrated for months without you knowing it, dangerously exposing your data to cyber criminals.

Learn more about how to protect yourself from phishing attacks.

Watch the video segment to see a demo of Trava’s phishing simulation.

8. Making insurance cool again. 

As cybersecurity becomes an increasingly important part of doing business in the modern world, partnering with companies like Trava becomes even more beneficial for small and medium-sized businesses. And cyber insurance is a key element in a comprehensive cyber risk management program.

Our proprietary data-driven cyber insurance platform provides essential protection moving into the future, as well as more seamless and predictable cyber insurance policy renewals. 

9. Don’t underestimate the cyber crimes community. 

Gone are the days of stereotypical hackers holed up in dark basements wearing black hoodies. Not that there may not still be some of those, but cyber crimes—ransomware in particular—have become an entire sophisticated economy in and of themselves. Some reports estimate $1 billion dollars in the U.S. alone.

And small and medium-sized businesses continue to be a target. Learn more about why all SMBs should take ransomware seriously.

10. Technology by itself is not the answer.

We started this series with our first hot take, A random collection of cybersecurity tools does not make for a cyber risk management program. And we’re ending it on the same note.

Comprehensive cyber risk management includes assessing, mitigating, and transferring risk at all levels of the organization—all people (cybersecurity awareness, ongoing cybersecurity training), all processes (workflows, data management, supply chain), all technology (internal and external environments).

Here’s to a #BeCyberSafe 2022.