3 Types of Business Computer Security Explained

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IT Security vs. Cybersecurity vs. Information Security

 

IT Security

This relates to the security of your company's data via computer network security. Included in IT Security is a concept called Information Assurance, which refers to "CIA".

CIA relates to confidentiality, integrity, and availability:

  • Confidentiality is about protecting sensitive and private information from unauthorized access. 
  • Integrity relates to protecting data from deletion or modification by unauthorized persons. 
  • Availability refers to the actual availability of company data. 

 

Information Security

Information security relates to the different tools and processes your company uses specifically to protect any critical or sensitive business information. 

 

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity deals explicitly with protecting your business's sensitive and critical data from cybercriminals. Although their malicious attempts usually occur over the internet, these attacks can also happen face-to-face. 

Many companies believe that because they aren't some large tech company or a severe government organization they're unlikely targets of a cyberattack. In reality, the potential cyber threats to your company are real and prevalent. Just because you're petite or don't produce something you consider "high-value" doesn't mean you're safe. 

Keep in mind that many cyberattacks, like phishing and malware, aren't necessarily targeted. Instead, hackers send out mass emails or infect websites, knowing someone, somewhere will click the wrong link and infect their computer. Businesses that store large amounts of sensitive data should follow best practices since security breaches could result in highly costly business losses and legal penalties.

To ignore the possibility of malicious attacks is to ignore the risk of your day-to-day operations abruptly shutting down for an unknown period of time. There's also a risk that your internal and external business communications might be disrupted if your cloud applications' security, or even your social media accounts, are compromised. Such breaches, especially those that divulge your users' private information, could lead to significant reputational damage, loss of data, and an inevitable hit to your bottom line.

 

Maintaining Your Business's IT Security

With everything that needs to be done, from the security audits to policy implementation, it can feel like one too many things to deal with on top of standard business operations. Spend less time worrying about your security and more time running your business by taking advantage of our Managed Security Services, which come with preventative IT Security measures on top of our advanced threat detection and remediation solutions.