Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting networks, devices and data from unauthorized access or criminal use. This includes ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. It is a key component of an organization’s IT infrastructure, and it is often considered the first line of defense against a cyberattack.
Almost everything we do now relies on computers and the Internet, from communication (email, smartphones), entertainment (interactive video games, social media, apps), transportation (cars, airplanes, boats), shopping (online, in stores) to medicine (medical equipment, medical records). It’s no wonder cybersecurity has become one of the fastest growing fields.
Attackers are constantly finding new ways to infiltrate businesses, government agencies and private citizens’ devices and information. This is why it’s so important for firewalls, anti-virus software and password management tools to work together to outwit these surprisingly creative hackers.
Many attacks are aimed at sowing chaos, confusion, discontent, distrust or even revenge. Others are meant to embarrass or damage organizations’ reputations for their own reasons. Some are launched by nation states. Others are undertaken by groups of activists, called hacktivists, who are motivated by their beliefs and want to make a statement against injustice.
It is also important to conduct regular cybersecurity risk assessments to ensure that your business’s IT systems and the information they contain are protected from cyberattacks. Another way to reduce your company’s vulnerability is by training your employees on how to identify and avoid malware, viruses, phishing scams, and other potential threats. Managed Detection and Response