Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software and data, from cyberattacks. In a computing context, security comprises cybersecurity and physical security -- both are used by enterprises to protect against unauthorized access to data centers and other computerized systems.
The purpose of cybersecurity is to help prevent cyberattacks, data breaches and identity theft and can aid in risk management. When an organization has a strong sense of network security and an effective incident response plan, it is better able to prevent and mitigate cyber-attacks. For example, end user protection defends information and guards against loss or theft while also scanning computers for malicious code.
How to Maintain Effective Cybersecurity
Historically, organizations and governments have taken a reactive, point product approach to fighting cyberthreats, cobbling together individual security technologies to protect their networks and data. However, this method is expensive as well as complex, and stories of devastating breaches continue to dominate headlines, indicating this approach is ineffective.
Enabling automation, machine learning and shared threat intelligence in their security architecture will help organizations keep pace with the growth of sophisticated cyberattacks. Machine learning can help accurately identify variations of known threats, recognize patterns, predict the next steps of an attack, and inform automation tools to create and implement protections across the organization, all in near-real time. With shared threat intelligence, anything one user sees, identifies or prevents benefits all other members of the shared community. More comprehensive prevention, attainable more quickly, reduces overall cybersecurity risk to something easier to manage.
Organizations should consider a natively integrated, automated security platform specifically designed to provide consistent, prevention-based protection for endpoints, data centers, networks, public and private clouds, and software-as-a-service environments.