The Difference Between IT Security & Cybersecurity

Published on April 20, 2022  |  Cyberfort Advisors
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The security of your digital, online, technology, and device assets is crucial for all individuals and businesses. And it’s sometimes difficult to understand what that security looks like, and what each specifically protects.

IT security and cybersecurity are sometimes used interchangeably. Both protect data from being stolen, harmed, and deleted. But these two things are more different than they are similar.

 Here’s how they differ, and where they overlap. Let’s talk about some of the different types of information security.

IT Security

IT security covers a broader range of measures and tools that are used to protect your company’s data. This includes all data, whether digital or physical. So your cloud data, emails, and even paper data that is printed and stored in filing cabinets in your basement are protected with an IT security program.

Cybersecurity is the digital subset of IT security.

The Many Faces of Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity includes the tools and practices that aim to protect your company’s data from threats that come from the internet and its many connections. This includes everything from onsite and offsite server storage, cloud data, network information, and everything in between.

It’s more about protecting the integrity of the digital data, no matter where or how it is traveling through your devices, networks, and other assets.

This is also why cybersecurity is such a hot topic right now. Since 2020, many businesses have pivoted massive amounts of data and processes to digital spaces. That means the need for the physical data protection that comes with IT security is a lower priority, namely because the number and scope of cybersecurity attacks is growing every day.

Let’s break down cybersecurity a little further.

Email Security

Email is the number one fault point for phishing and ransomware. Email security includes the processes and tools used to protect your company’s email accounts, including all communication details and email content. Your email systems are prone to malware, and it’s easy for users to accidentally open an email or click a link that contains a virus or other malicious program.

Email is designed to be an open source of communication, and that makes it difficult to secure. Though most people think of data breaches as attacks on specific stored files or servers, your business email accounts hold a ton of sensitive information.

CyberFort Advisors offers email and web security that is built on the idea that being proactive is the best method for mitigating the impact of cyber threats to your business. It starts with prevention.

Network Security

Your business’s network of technology, devices, data, and protocols is more interconnected – and spread out – than ever.

Network security operates through three controls. Physical network security controls prevent unauthorized parties from getting physical access to your network through things like your routers, cabling, and more.

Technical network security protects your data as it moves into and out of your network via connected devices and tools. It also protects the data stored within your network.

And finally, administrative network security controls include securing the policies and processes that control how your users access and interact with your data and network. This includes the device, file, and network permissions of all types.

CyberFort’s network security solutions protect your network from threats by using a firewall, antivirus, network access control, and security policy management to track and eliminate threats.

Desktop Security

Desktop security isn’t just making sure that you log out before you leave your computer or work area. Your desktops are connected by your network, and that means giving any bad actors access to a single device can create ripple effects that compromise other devices that are connected via hardware, software, and network and internet connections.

Desktop security also includes ensuring that all devices are updating correctly and frequently, encrypting sensitive files, and using password best practices.

Cloud Security

Cloud security and network security are very similar in that each of these services set out to protect anything that is stored within or moving in and out of it. Cloud security is the process or creating a protection system using tools, technologies, and other controls to protect everything you store in the cloud: virtualized IP, data, services, and the overall infrastructure.

Cloud computing has been on the rise for several years, but the rise of COVID-19 and remote work protocols sent tons of businesses pivoting quickly to cloud solutions without establishing the best protective measures. Now that the fervor has died down, it may be time to revisit your cloud practices and evaluate the security risks therein.

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No matter how much of your business is in the cloud, CyberFort is here to create tailored services that are optimized to protect your digital assets.

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