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Cyber-security is the process of defending internet-connected devices, networks and data from hackers. It’s a growing concern for individuals, businesses and government agencies. A strong cybersecurity strategy can help protect against attacks that lead to financial losses, personal information theft and even a business shutdown.

A cybersecurity strategy should include three main entities: endpoint devices like computers, smart devices and routers; networks and the cloud. The strategy should include tools and tactics to protect these entities from malicious attacks such as malware, phishing schemes and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. The strategy should also address authentication, which ensures that only authorized users have access to sensitive information. Backing up all data periodically will increase redundancy and reduce the risk of losing valuable information in case of a security breach.

Formal training for employees is essential in raising awareness of industry best practices, company policies and incident reporting. Even the most sophisticated technical defenses can fall apart due to human negligence. A formalized education program through classes, seminars and online courses can help mitigate this negligence and prevent the occurrence of costly security breaches.

One of the most important elements of a cybersecurity strategy is keeping up with changes in attack techniques and vulnerabilities. This requires an organization to constantly evaluate its current practices and implement new ones as necessary. Traditional reactive approaches, in which resources are put towards protecting systems against well-known threats while lesser known attacks are undefended, are no longer sufficient.