Information security vs cyber security: what’s the difference?

Cyber security and information security are words we hear often these days, and many people think they probably mean the same thing because they both refer to the privacy and integrity of data.

But, in practice, cyber security and information security are slightly different. Let’s look at how they’re different and where they overlap:

Information security

Information is the life-blood of every business, whether in the form of intellectual property, personal data or business data such as payroll reports, income statements and tax records.

All this data needs to be kept safely, and the practice of doing so is information security. It happens in two ways and aims to reduce the probability of unauthorised access and loss or damage.

The act of protecting your office environment is physical security while the act of protecting your electronic information is cyber security.

Cyber security

Cyber security has become the most important element of information security. It incorporates physical security in as much as the building that houses your computer network needs to be safe, but it is more about protecting your network, computers, servers and mobile devices from being compromised or stolen via the Internet.

Cyber security involves safeguarding a business’s endpoints, ie computers, tablets, mobile phones and laptops, and their access to the Internet.

Cyber crime is big business and criminals are working hard to find new ways to access a vulnerable device or network. Think about it – cyber criminals leave no fingerprints so it’s harder to catch them because there’s little evidence they’ve been there. This makes it an appealing option for criminals.

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