Businesses, from large corporations to small companies, are at risk from cyber-attacks. As a result, companies need a cybersecurity strategy to help them mitigate potential risks of business disruption.
Cybersecurity is a specialized field, with experts at the ready to help companies craft a cybersecurity strategy and infrastructure. But before you call in the professionals (and you should), let’s start at the beginning: What is cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is, at its most simple, a series of processes and strategies put in place to protect against cyber-attacks and data breaches. A company’s cybersecurity plan, ideally, will help them to monitor potential threats, detect actual impending threats, and respond if they occur.
Cybersecurity is the practice of securing networks, systems, and any other digital infrastructure from malicious attacks. With cybercrime damages projected to exceed a staggering $6 trillion by 2021, it’s no wonder banks, tech companies, hospitals, government agencies, and just about every other sector are investing in cybersecurity infrastructure to protect their business practices and the millions of customers that trust them with their data.
To create this infrastructure, organizations and companies of all sizes often enlist the help of dedicated cybersecurity companies and experts
Why is cybersecurity important?
There are a number of types of cybersecurity threats that companies face often (far more frequently than they may be aware). Some of these include:
As we’ve said before on our blog, “Cybercrime is a huge issue in Australia, currently costing the Australian economy around $3.5 billion a year. Globally the cost is set to rise to $2Trillion by the end of the year, up from $400B in 2015. Any business, big or small, is vulnerable to cyber-attacks.”
What do cybersecurity companies do?
A cybersecurity company, can function in a variety of ways. Some cybersecurity companies specialize in consulting with you and helping you and your staff to create a cybersecurity plan. Other cybersecurity companies are able to manage your cybersecurity for you. And some cybersecurity companies, like StickmanCyber, are equipped to either or both!
Cybersecurity vs information security
Many people, even some that work in cybersecurity or IT security, think of IT security and cybersecurity as interchangeable. This is simply not the case. IT security essentially safeguards all company data, systems, and devices from theft, damage, or misuse. IT security deals with things like data security, compliance with governmental regulations about data protection, and software security.
Cybersecurity, on the other hand, is focused on identifying vulnerabilities and building systems and compliances that mitigate those risks.
Cybersecurity vs network security
Similarly, cybersecurity is not the same as network security. A company’s cybersecurity team shouldn’t be concerned about firewalls, or IDS/IPS. They shouldn’t work on system or network maintenance, and have no real business dealing with network access and passwords.
Whether managed in-house, or monitored by an expert cybersecurity company, your company’s cybersecurity infrastructure cannot be a set-and-forget aspect of your business.
To learn more about cybersecurity, or to get started on a new robust cybersecurity strategy, contact StickmanCyber TODAY!