What is Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting critical systems
and sensitive information from digital attacks. Also known as information
technology (IT) security, cybersecurity measures are designed to combat
threats against network systems and applications, whether those threats
originate from inside or outside of an organization.
Cyberattacks are malicious attempts by hackers to access or
damage a computer or network system. Cyberattacks can lead to the loss of money
or the theft of personal, financial and medical information. These attacks can
damage your reputation and safety. Cybersecurity involves preventing, detecting
and responding to cyberattacks that can have wide-ranging effects on
individuals, organizations, the community and the nation.
Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. It seems that everything relies on computers and the internet now—communication (e.g., email, smartphones, tablets), entertainment (e.g., interactive video games, social media, apps ), transportation (e.g., navigation systems), shopping (e.g., online shopping, credit cards), medicine (e.g., medical equipment, medical records), and the list goes on. How much of your daily life relies on technology? How much of your personal information is stored either on your own computer, smartphone, tablet or on someone else's system?