All you need to know about Cybersecurity Part : 1
The term cybersecurity tends to conjure up the image of science fiction, like robots and lasers keeping some famous piece of artwork secure, but the truth is a good bit stranger. Now that you can literally carry a high powered computer around in your pocket, cybersecurity has to be not only portable, it has to be invisible. Anything device that can go online needs to have some level of cybersecurity on it to keep your data safe.
Over the last few years, it seems like there has been another major hack almost once a quarter. Even worse, the hacks seem to be getting increasingly serious and entirely preventable. Malicious hackers are both tech savvy and determined enough to turn any vulnerability to their own personal advantage. At the beginning of the year, it was announced that there were a couple of serious vulnerabilities that resulted in Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities for devices with certain Intel chips. It is almost guaranteed that before the experts found these vulnerabilities that malicious hackers had already discovered and started to exploit them.
The problem with malicious hackers today is that they want to get into a system, steal the information they want, and leave a way back into the system later to do it again. They spend a lot of time trying to be invisible so that they can continue exploiting the vulnerability. The longer it takes a company or individual to figure out their information is compromised, the more malicious hackers get out of that vulnerability.
What Is Cybersecurity?
Most people already have a basic understanding of what a malicious hacker does, but the question is how does cybersecurity make them safe? Cybersecurity includes a lot of different components depending on a number of variables. For example, computers running on a Windows or Linux operating system or smart devices running on Androids tend to be less secure than the Mac operating system or iOS for Apple devices. This is because Windows and Androids are more open to others being able to program on their devices than Apple, but is also creates more vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity also applies to links and attachments in your email or in a text message. These are completely unrelated to your operating system.
Cybersecurity accounts for all of the different areas where a malicious hacker could gain leverage over your data. Sometimes they go after your personal information, other times they go after financial information. For companies, they will go after both the stored data about the business and its customers, giving malicious hackers and invariable buffet of data that they should not be able to access. Cybersecurity looks for the holes and gaps that malicious hackers either find or create, and stop them from being able to move forward.
Types of Cybersecurity
A holistic approach to cybersecurity helps to minimize what a malicious hacker can do even if they manage to get into your system. There are a number of tools that focus on securing different aspects of your systems and data:
- Antivirus programs
- Layered communication
- Authorization and authentication
When used together, these tools can secure you and your company’s data so that malicious hackers are more likely to give up and look for an easier target. By keeping systems updated, you can focus on getting the most out of your technology, instead of worrying about what someone can take from you.