Cyber security involves preventing, detecting and responding to cyberattacks that threaten your personal or business information. It’s a critical mission because hackers can exploit the information they steal to cause real harm. That can include identity theft, a loss of money and even problems with vital services like power, transportation and other infrastructure.
A solid cybersecurity strategy helps your organization protect itself from the risks of a data breach, resulting in financial losses and reputation damage. It also enables you to continue operating while keeping your people safe and productive.
Defending yourself from cyberattacks requires a multi-layered approach that weaves together people, processes and technology. This includes frameworks like those developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology under the U.S. Commerce Department.
It’s also essential to have strong controls that are consistently applied and work well together. And if a cyberattack does occur, you’ll want to be able to quickly respond with intelligence tailored to your needs and guidance from government agencies on how to respond.
To protect your digital information, it’s important to consider all of the devices, networks and cloud systems you use. That means both traditional computers, tablets and smartphones — as well as smart devices like home security cameras, refrigerators and TVs that are now connected to the Internet. These “smart” devices can give hackers a much broader range of entry points into your system. To prevent this, you’ll need to have robust, simple and easy-to-use digital systems that require two-factor authentication and other measures to secure access. MDR