There has been much confusion around three names in the computer field. Cyber Security, Information Technology, and Information Security.
Knowing the differences between these names will save business owners billions over the long term. In addition, it will equip them to ask the right questions when saving their businesses from breaches. Today, most business owners believe they are protected or won’t get breached because it will always happen to someone else, but not our business.
What is Information Technology?
“Information Technology (IT) is using computer technology to manage information. The field of IT encompasses all computer software, hardware, and related devices employed in processing, transferring, storing, and disseminating data, whether on a computer, smartphone, TV, or another medium. So everyone accessing IT services whenever they download a song, stream a movie, check their email, or perform a web search. Areas of study within IT include database development, computer networking, software engineering, data analysis, and more”.
“Information security means protecting information and information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction. Information security, computer security, and information assurance are frequently used interchangeably. These fields are interrelated and share the common goals of protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information; however, there are some subtle differences between them. These differences lie primarily in the approach to the subject, the methodologies used, and the areas of concentration. Information security concerns data confidentiality, integrity, and availability regardless of the form the data may take: electronic, print, or other forms.”
Cybersecurity personnel understands how hackers can change, intercept or steal transmitted company data within your local network or over the internet. They deploy software or hardware to block or prevent unauthorized access to shared data. They are also known as “ethical hackers” or penetration testers. They find holes in your network before hackers do and repair them.
“Cybersecurity is protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. These attacks usually aim to access, change, or destroy sensitive information; extort money from users; or interrupt normal business processes.
Implementing effective cybersecurity measures is particularly challenging today because there are more devices than people, and attackers are becoming more innovative”.
“Cyber security has never been simple. And because attacks evolve daily as attackers become more inventive, it is critical to properly define cyber security and identify what constitutes good cyber security.