What is Cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity (cybersecurity) is the practice of protecting against criminal or unauthorized use of data, networks and systems. It is a key component of IT security, physical security and information security and encompasses a wide range of skills, knowledge and tools.

Whether it is malware erasing your computer system, hackers breaking into your company network or phishing scammers trying to steal your information, cyber attacks are a real and growing threat. The growth of data has created a critical need for robust systems that can be relied upon to protect personal, business and government information and systems from attack.

While anyone can be a victim of a cyberattack, it is more common for businesses and government agencies to be attacked. There are several different types of cyberattacks such as distributed denial-of-service attacks in which attackers attempt to disrupt the flow of traffic to a server or host; advanced persistent threats, or APTs, which are prolonged targeted attacks with the goal of stealing information; and man-in-the-middle attacks.

There is a lot that can be done to mitigate cybersecurity risks. A good starting point is to develop a cybersecurity framework that will help your organization create and implement best practices. A well-respected resource for this is the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework. Also, implementing outcome-driven metrics will enable more effective governance over priorities and investments in cybersecurity. These metrics should measure consistency, adequacy and reasonableness to support daily decision making. Managed Detection and Response

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