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Why Cyber Security is Important

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Kevin Marshall
Kevin Marshall
June 19, 2015

Today, businesses rely more and more on computers and the Internet in general. Valuable information is stored and transferred through the web at a faster rate. While this technology provides ease and convenience, if not handled properly, it can lead to serious security threats. Data can be compromised, and computers can receive viruses among other things. To prevent this from happening, and secure your network, cyber security is critical.

Cybersecurity is also often referred to as information technology security. Cybersecurity will consist of many things, particularly the protection of computers, programs, data, and networks from unauthorized or unintended access, change or destruction to information. Cybersecurity is essential because of the sensitive information that is gathered and stored by businesses. For example, identifying information of workers such as social security numbers could be exposed if a company did not have proper cybersecurity. Recently, there have been several businesses that have been hacked or have been the victim of cyber attacks. Just within the past year, huge companies such as Home Depot, Anthem, Target, eBay, and JP Morgan Chase have fallen victim to hackers. In the case of Home Depot and Target, credit card information from customers was stolen. To avoid these hacks, cybersecurity is critical.

One thing to consider in making your company’s network secure is to have an independent external scan and vulnerability assessment done. This way, you will be able to see all the areas that may need to have more protection. Also, become aware of all the best practices that you should do to have the safest configurations of mobile devices, laptops, workstations and any other place that work is done. While we cannot ignore that hackers and security threats are a real issue, it can be easy to protect information through proper cybersecurity.

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