Cybersecurity – a complex subject made simple. In this 3-part series, we discuss the basics of cybersecurity. This series will explore the following topics to help businesses develop a better understanding of cybersecurity from a broad perspective.

  1. Why is cybersecurity important?
  2. What are the top cybersecurity threats and challenges? (Part 2)
  3. What are the tools used in cybersecurity? (Part 3)

Why is cybersecurity important?

Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. The practice of securing your data and networks from cyberthreats can seem like a complicated and overwhelming process, especially in the face of daily attacks.

A cybersecurity attack can result in everything from identity theft, to extortion attempts, to the loss of important data. Businesses are seeing their attack surfaces grow as they include more and more users, devices and data into their organizations.

A strong cybersecurity program can provide a strong defense against the growing number of malicious attacks designed to access your confidential data and disrupting your networks. Implementing effective cybersecurity measures is particularly challenging today because there are more devices than people, and attackers are becoming more innovative.

What are the elements of cybersecurity?

A successful cybersecurity approach has multiple layers of protection spread across the computers, networks, programs, or data that one intends to keep safe. In an organization, the people, processes, and technology must all complement one another to create an effective defense from cyber attacks.

Maintaining cybersecurity in a constantly evolving threat landscape can be a challenge. To keep up with changing threats, a proactive approach is required. We recommend following the cybersecurity framework provided by NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology). We also recommend adopting continuous monitoring and real time assessments to protect against today’s cyber threats.

A strong cybersecurity program should include the following:

  • Application security
  • Data security
  • Network security
  • Disaster recovery / business continuity planning
  • Operational security
  • Cloud security
  • Critical infrastructure security
  • Physical security
  • End user education (security awareness training)

Benefits of a strong cybersecurity program

The monetary and reputational damage done by a cyber attack can easily finish off a small or mid-size business. Cybersecurity is worth the investment to protect the business you have worked so hard to grow. Some of the benefits of implementing a cybersecurity program include:

  • Business protection against data breaches and data loss
  • Network protection to keep your business productive
  • Prevention of unauthorized user access
  • Faster recovery time after a breach
  • Protection for end users and their devices
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Business continuity
  • Improved trust in the company from stakeholders, customers, partners and employees

Not sure where to start with cybersecurity for your business? ACE IT Solutions offers a comprehensive suite of customizable cybersecurity services to meet your organization’s specific risk profile and compliance needs. Contact ACE IT Solutions at 646.558.5575 or info@aceits.net.

Stay tuned later this week for Part 2 of our basic cybersecurity series “Cybersecurity Threats & Challenges”.

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