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Protecting Your Digital Space: The Need for Cybersecurity


By Avalith Editorial Team ♦ 1 min read



What Is Cybersecurity? 

Cybersecurity refers to the protection of systems, networks and programs from various types of digital threats and attacks. These attacks can be targeted towards individuals and organizations and are usually aimed at accessing sensitive or important data that can then be used for things like making purchases, extortion or interrupting processes. Since the digital world is constantly evolving, cybersecurity is more important than ever; however, it’s also more challenging to implement because of the vast amount of devices available today and due to attackers’ constant innovation. 

Cybersecurity measures need to be as complete as possible with multiple levels of protection across devices, networks, programs etc. that an individual or organization needs to keep safe. This means that having a unified security system in place is the best way to ward off threats and solve problems if they arise. Detecting, investigating and fixing problems is faster and easier if your security system is unified. 

Some of the basics of cybersecurity start with people. It’s important that users understand and comply with measures and principles that can be as simple as choosing a strong password, avoiding phishing, etc. There should also be processes and frameworks in place to help you stay protected and recover from potential attacks. Keeping your technology, including endpoint devices, networks and the cloud, safe is paramount. You can do this with things like malware protection, antivirus software, DNS filtering, etc. We’ll outline some of the most common types of cybersecurity measures below. 

Types of Cybersecurity

There are multiple measures you can take to implement a strong cybersecurity framework. Let’s look at some of the most common: 

  • Critical Infrastructure Security. Computer systems, apps, networks, etc. that a community depends on to function normally are protected. These are often implemented and managed by government agencies. 

  • Network Security. This protects networks and resources, preventing unauthorized access and warding off security breaches. 

  • Endpoint Security. This protects entry points from digital attacks, keeping devices and users safe (computers, cell phones, etc.) and protecting networks from attackers as well. 

  • Application Security. Applications are kept safe from attackers looking to access apps and their data. These measures prevent errors or flaws in apps as well that hackers could use to carry out their attacks. Developers often use different security measures to help build security testing into their processes. 

  • Cloud Security. Everything that a user or company keeps on the cloud, from applications to data, is kept safe by measures taken by both the cloud service provider and the individual that keeps information and assets on the server. These details are generally outlined in agreements between parties. 

  • Information Security. Important information is safeguarded against unauthorized access, use, etc. Data security keeps digital information safe. 

  • Mobile Security. This focuses solely on mobile devices like smartphones and is often available as part of a wider endpoint management package that offers remote protection for multiple endpoints like computers, phones, etc. from attacks. 


Common Cybersecurity Threats

As the digital world continues to change and evolve, threats also change in nature and become more sophisticated. One of the most common types of threats is phishing. This includes sending emails that resemble a known sender or trustworthy source to get information from a user. There are several technologies available to help ward off phishing attacks and filter them from entering your main inbox. Social engineering is another common tactic which tricks users into revealing sensitive information. This can include clicking on links, sending information via email or messages, etc. Ransomware is a software designed to extort money by attacking your device and making certain files or information inaccessible until a certain amount of money is paid. Unfortunately, paying this amount does not guarantee that your information will be restored or that your system will fully recover from the attack. Malware is also a software that intends to gain access to or cause damage to a device. 


Tips For Staying Safe 

There are several things you can do to maximize safety at your organization. The first thing is to train employees. Best practices and policies are important when it comes to understanding how to handle sensitive information and data. Protecting information, devices and networks from cyber attacks is key. Update your security software, your browsers and your operating systems regularly. Firewalls are great for securing your internet connection and access. These include programs that help keep outsiders from accessing information that’s transmitted on your networks. With remote work growing in popularity, it’s important that employees use safe internet connections at home as well. Protecting mobile devices with two-step authentication, password protection, data encryption and security apps is highly recommended. Mobile devices often connect to public networks, so they present added security risks. Set up protocols for people to follow if their devices are stolen or lost. Back up your data on devices, including documents, databases, account information, etc., every couple of weeks. Require strong passwords and create duplicate accounts to prevent unauthorized access to laptops. Securing your Wi-Fi networks by keeping them encrypted and hidden and protecting your router with password-protected access will help unwanted users from accessing them. Keep employee access to sensitive data limited unless absolutely necessary. People should only have access to the information they need. 

Common Cybersecurity Myths

Finally, let’s go through some common cybersecurity myths that could be a hindrance to your security efforts. 

  • Strong passwords are enough to stay safe. While strong passwords are obviously highly recommended, they cannot be your only source of protection under any circumstance. Criminals are highly trained at deciphering passwords, so other levels of protection are necessary. 

  • Only some industries suffer attacks. NGOs, government organizations, public sector and private sector enterprises all suffer attacks and the risks exist across industries. 

  • Cybercriminals only attack large organizations. Small businesses and individuals make great targets for criminals. Don’t underestimate your risk or the importance of your information. 

In today’s hyper-connected world, strong cybersecurity solutions are key to keeping individuals and companies safe from attacks. From identity theft to data loss to infrastructure problems, cyber attacks can be incredibly detrimental for individuals, organizations and communities. Understanding why cybersecurity is crucial and implementing strong measures to protect yourself against attacks is key. Contact our team and let us keep your project safe!