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What is cybersecurity?

In today's digital age, cybersecurity is critical. It encompasses the strategies and measures put in place to safeguard not only our computers and networks but also the invaluable data they house. This all-encompassing shield defends against unauthorized access and threats lurking in the vast digital landscape. In essence, cybersecurity is the guardian of our digital realm, preserving the confidentiality, integrity and availability of our data. It's the defensive frontline protecting against a myriad of cyber adversaries who seek to compromise the very essence of our digital existence, making it an inseparable component of both personal and organizational data and analytics protection.

Why is cybersecurity important?

The ongoing pressures arising from geopolitical tensions underscore the critical role of cybersecurity. It serves as the guardian of supply chains, physical infrastructure and external networks, including vital investment partnerships. Organizations that prioritize cyber resilience are better equipped to face the challenges of this new era, preserving the integrity and continuity of their operations in an increasingly interconnected world.

Our latest research, State of Cybersecurity 2023, reveals a striking truth: 97% of organizations have experienced a surge in cyber threats amid the geopolitical unrest. More than half of organizations prioritize fortifying third-party and external network defenses, acknowledging these as the most susceptible areas for attack. These findings underscore the critical role of cybersecurity in safeguarding organizational integrity and resilience amidst the complexities of the modern world.

How does cybersecurity work?

Cybersecurity is a multifaceted system employing technologies and protocols to safeguard digital assets. It deploys stringent access controls to limit access to authorized users. Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) monitor network traffic, using predefined rules and anomaly detection to thwart threats.

Encryption converts data into an unreadable format, ensuring confidentiality. Endpoint security, including antivirus and intrusion prevention, guards against malware and unauthorized access. Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools enable real-time threat detection.

Penetration testing identifies vulnerabilities, while security policies and training instill best practices and awareness. Incident response plans guide reactions to breaches. Continuous monitoring of network traffic and system logs identifies threats, and patch management keeps systems up to date, closing vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity adapts to evolving threats, protecting digital assets in a digitized world.

What are the types of cybersecurity?

The following cybersecurity domains work together to create a comprehensive defense against evolving cyber threats, securing digital assets and maintaining the integrity of information systems.

  • Network Security

    Protecting interconnected systems using firewalls, intrusion detection systems and virtual private networks.

  • Endpoint Security

    Safeguarding individual devices with antivirus, endpoint detection and response and mobile device management.

  • Cloud Security

    Maintaining data security in cloud platforms through encryption and access controls.

  • Application Security

    Securing software through coding practices, vulnerability assessments and web application firewalls.

  • IAM and Data Security

    Managing user access and protecting sensitive data with encryption and data loss prevention solutions.