When you think about protecting your business (and your client) data and digital assets, you probably think you’re covered by your IT department, but that’s not always the case. While there are some IT professionals with an interest or working knowledge of cyber security best practices, there are several reasons why you need cyber security support, even when you have an IT department. Here are ways you can understand the difference between IT and cyber security.
Let’s start with the definition and typical scope of each. According to Security Boulevard, IT security is defined as the design and implementation of measures meant to protect company data, including electronic and paper.
While the ultimate goal of cyber security is to protect as well, it specifically covers protecting a company’s data and assets from external threats that happen on the Internet. As more and more companies rely on cloud-based software, networks, and store large quantities of data digitally, the risk of threat from hackers and other sources is higher than ever.
The way that IT and cyber security professionals go about protecting data differs. Again, the goal for IT is to ensure that company information is protected, and the general approach many IT departments take is a bigger approach to how data is internally stored, collected and shared with internal and external audiences.
When it comes to cyber security, the emphasis is predominately on protecting data when it’s left internal channels to external channels, or to protect data from being accessed by unauthorized users on online channels. The approach here typically involves doing a risk assessment, penetration testing to identify weaknesses in software and processes, and implementing a risk management plan.
The skill set
A final major component is the skill set and experience for IT versus cyber security. An IT professional may have excellent skills when it comes to networking, troubleshooting technical problems or implementing systems that help with file management, but do they know how to hack? Do they know how to poke holes in systems or identify when the system has been illegally accessed or tampered with?
At Vertex, we have the knowledge and expertise to protect clients from cyber attacks before significant damage is done. We offer penetration testing, cyber security audits and incident response when problems do arise. We act as a strategic partner with IT providers and MSPs to ensure that your systems and software are secure. Our specialized experience is crucial in preventing a hacking incident that has the potential to devastate your business.
Take a look at our services and let’s chat about how to make your systems secure and protected from attacks.