The Importance of Cyber-Security
In today’s world of hyper connectivity, our lives are more dependent on technology than ever. From the modern conveniences of smart home devices and IoT (Internet of Things) to our work and school systems, and the omnipresent internet. But with that increased dependence comes a greater risk of cyber attacks.
Cyber-security is a set of policies and infrastructure that work together to protect computer systems, networks and applications from hackers. A strong cybersecurity strategy helps to defend against phishing scams, ransomware attacks, data breaches, identity theft and financial losses.
The need for cybersecurity is critical for businesses of all sizes, private individuals, government agencies and even countries. From attacks on critical infrastructure like transportation and power grids to the theft of confidential personal information, cyber crime has widespread impact. Attacks on public institutions like hospitals and schools can cause disruption to daily operations. And state-sponsored cyberattacks can escalate into full-scale international conflicts.
For these reasons and more, cybersecurity is a top priority for many organizations. But defending against the growing number and variety of cyber threats is challenging. Historically, companies have taken a reactive approach to fighting cyberattacks, deploying point products to combat specific types of threats. Unfortunately, that’s not enough to keep up with the changing threat landscape. And as the number of devastating cyberattacks continue to make headlines, a more proactive approach is needed. That’s why the best approach is to integrate security technologies into an integrated framework that continuously monitors and assesses risk.