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Think of your most prized physical possessions—you may lock up the keys to your car in the garage, store heirloom jewelry in a secure place or keep the title to your house in a safe. Your digital assets deserve the same protection from cybercriminals. Digital security encompasses all the technology, techniques and tools used to safeguard your data and online identity. This includes password managers, parental controls and antivirus software. It also involves educating yourself and your children about digital safety.

The modern enterprise computing environment is increasingly complex. It sprawls across multiple cloud environments, on-prem infrastructure and endpoints such as IoT devices and personal smartphones. This expanded attack surface makes consistent security monitoring and policy enforcement more difficult.

Passwords and strong encryption are fundamental to digital security, as is the use of trusted certificates. Digital signatures are an example of a trusted certificate. They provide a proof of authenticity, relying on the combination of private and public keys to verify that data sent is genuine.

Cybersecurity also encompasses the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing to automate repetitive tasks and analyze massive amounts of data. These systems can speed up response times and help human cybersecurity professionals focus their attention on the most serious threats. Additionally, they can detect suspicious files and isolate and identify malware attacks in progress before they cause damage or loss of data. Digital security also includes ensuring that hardware and software are updated regularly. This helps mitigate the risks of a virus infection, which can bring operations to a standstill.