S is for Security

What comes to your mind when you think about the word security in general and in terms of your online presence?

With everything turning into Smart Tech, it is not easy to segregate the offline and online security, what say?

So, what will this blog talk about?

To answer your question, the blog will cover some prominent facets related to security that you as an individual and as an SME or MSME owner should know about.

Your system’s vulnerabilities, and how with simple tips and tricks you can evade most of the cyberattacks. Without any further ado, let’s begin, shall we?

What is Security?

The dictionary defines it as a state of being free from danger or threat. But what is security in IT?

Keep reading.

Security in IT

While the core meaning of the word security remains the same across various industries – finance, and IT – the difference arises in how each industry categorizes it.

Confused? Worry not, I will explain in simple terms.

Well, the case is that the definition of security depends on the experts you ask what security is. But broadly there are three types of IT security:

  1. Network Security
  2. Endpoint Security
  3. Internet Security or Cybersecurity

All the other types of Securities will fall under these three categories. Let’s look at what all these securities entail. And then I will share the checklist for small businesses (since they are the most vulnerable targets of hackers).

  1. Network Security:  As defined by the experts at CISCO, “is the protection of the underlying networking infrastructure from unauthorized access, misuse, or theft. It involves creating a secure infrastructure for devices, applications, users, and applications to work in a secure manner.”
  2. Endpoint Security: According to McAfee, “Endpoint security is the practice of securing endpoints or entry points of end-user devices such as desktops, laptops, and mobile devices from being exploited by malicious actors and campaigns. Endpoint security systems protect these endpoints on a network or in the cloud from cybersecurity threats.  
  3. Internet Security or Cybersecurity: According to Kaspersky, Internet security is a term, which describes security for activities and transactions made over the internet. Internet security is a broader idea of cyber as well as computer security and involves topics like browser security, online behavior, and network security (yes, you can say that it is an umbrella term).

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