Cybersecurity is defined as the measures taken to protect people, devices, processes, and technologies from malicious attacks and unintentional damage. This article explains cybersecurity in detail and lists the best practices for 2022.
What Is Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity involves various measures to protect people, devices, processes, and technologies from malicious attacks and unintentional damage.
There are multiple elements of cybersecurity, including network security, application security, data and storage security, cloud security, mobile security, identity management, and business continuity planning. These are implemented using identity and access management (IAM) solutions, security information and event management (SIEM) systems, and data security platforms.
A successful business cannot just run with expert professionals — it needs the right processes in place. These processes, more often than not, are implemented using technology. Customer relationship management (CRM) software, human resources software, and even basic collaboration software like GSuite are part of every business’ operations. Many physical devices are also involved in everyday operations, from printers to mobile devices. The recent uptick in the bring your own device (BYOD) culture and the pandemic-induced remote work culture have added to the diversity of devices involved.
With so many components, hackers and competing businesses know that at least one of them is vulnerable to a breach. Once hacked, a business’ system can reveal customer data, company data, and trade secrets. Besides malicious attempts such as these, natural disasters may also break operations. Therefore, companies need to focus on building a comprehensive system to secure each aspect of their operations. This is where cybersecurity plays an important role. It creates a comprehensive system that protects all technical infrastructure-related components of a business.
Cybersecurity is similar to a bar or a club that weaves together many measures to protect itself and its patrons. Bouncers are placed at the entries. They have strategically placed CCTV cameras to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. They have comprehensive insurance policies to protect them against everything from thefts to lawsuits. They also have guidelines for their employees about when to evict an unruly customer, if it comes to that.
Today, no industry can survive without adequate cybersecurity measures in place. Education, government, retail, health, finance, social media, and entertainment are just a few of the many industry verticals that cyberattacks have impacted. Tesco, a British supermarket chain, faced a two-day outage due to an attempted cyberattack, leading to both its website and app being inaccessible to customers. This left many of its 6.6 million app users frustrated, causing them to cancel orders and take their business elsewhere.
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