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Whether as a company, university, or individual, we are all at risk of cyber security issues. Whether it’s from human error internally or an outside, unwanted source such as a hacker, there are several measures you can take to protect your data.
However, there is a difference between cyber and information security, which is important to acknowledge. We’ll discuss these, along with some ways your business can optimize its ability to secure information.
What Is Information Security?
When we talk about information security, we’re talking about the process by which information is protected through restricted access, modification, deletion, disclosure, or any other type of distribution. This includes both print and digital information.
Primarily, this is focused on internal use by employees so only authorized members can gain access to necessary information. Your data could be corrupted, or even sent to the wrong person, if it were to end up in the wrong hands.
Information security can take many forms such as passwords, multi-factor authentication, user permissions, or classifying content based on the user’s level. For physical materials, facial recognition, fingerprints, or even locks can be used as a measure of security.
What Is Cyber Security?
Over the last few decades, cybersecurity has become significantly more advanced. Schools like Brown University offer executive master's programs in cybersecurity due to the increasing concerns of data and computer security.
In comparison to information security, cyber security takes the protection of data to a wider scope. This is the overall protection of electronic documents and data. Security is taken through networks and devices from potential hackers or external threats.
The first layer of protection involves individual devices and networks. Limiting who can access certain equipment through secure networks will reduce the potential risks.
You can do this through fingerprint or facial recognition technology as well. For secure networks, it’s important to avoid open wifi or easy passwords. Always use a firewall for your networks to add an extra layer of protection.
Next, you’ll need to ensure there are antivirus and malware set up on all devices used for business. These need to be updated regularly. As software ages, devices become more susceptible and vulnerable to cyberattacks due to advances in technology.
You can also provide security by limiting or completely removing access for employees to work remotely. While this has been difficult over the last two years with the pandemic, companies have had to completely rework their privacy policies to coincide with stay-at-home orders.
While policies can be in place, it’s important to have a proper technology infrastructure in place through secure data cloud storage.
How Cloud Computing Protects Security
Protecting your data is a crucial element to keep your business, employees, and customers safe. Not to mention, it keeps you legally compliant. Having proper cloud storage, which provides information security, can protect your company’s data while simultaneously improving efficiency.
Cloud storage and computing also offer encryption for your content, whether in storage or through transferring. Exceptional companies will offer audits to help predict issues before they arise.
It can also detect abnormal requests to access or request modifications to files and block any further usage until addressed by an authorized administrator.
Having multiple locations, such as Google Docs and email, opens up your organization to multiple threats. With cloud computing, all of your data and applications are located in one place. It’s also easier to manage and implement disaster recovery plans and monitor network events when you only have one platform to manage.
During the pandemic in 2020, 61% of businesses migrated to the cloud. In 2022, 48% of companies are forecasted to migrate.
If your business hasn’t yet made the switch, your team should highly consider doing so. It’s the most effective way to manage both information and cyber security.