What is Cyber-Security?
Cyber-security refers to the precautionary measures taken to guard against crime that involves the internet or devices connected to it. It involves preventing cyber attacks, data breaches, identity theft, and other cyber crimes that can have serious repercussions for individuals and businesses. It also includes protecting systems, detecting and responding to attacks, and recovering from successful attacks.
Our modern world depends on technology more than ever before. Everything from communication (email, smartphones, tablets) to entertainment (interactive video games, social media, apps) to transportation (smart cars and road infrastructure) relies on computers and the Internet. Unfortunately, this also makes it easier for cybercriminals to steal valuable information and disrupt critical services.
The good news is that cybersecurity professionals are working tirelessly to fight back against these threats. Whether it’s malware erasing your files or cyberattackers stealing credit card information, these professionals are constantly fighting to keep you safe.
While the technology to prevent these cyberattacks is available, it’s still important for businesses to educate their employees about cyber threats and company policies. Educating employees through seminars, classes, and online courses can help reduce unintentional negligence and malicious actions that can lead to a security breach. In addition to educating staff, it’s also important for companies to perform a risk assessment and prioritize all valuable assets based on the impact that a loss of those assets would have on the business. This will help determine how much of a budget to allocate to securing each asset.