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Cybersecurity vs IT Security services

With technologies flooding every corner of the world, there was an increase in cybersecurity breaches. Fraudsters invent new ways to perform their malicious actions and let loose their digital threats.

  

There are many ways to obtain information or cause deviations to business processes in any environment. Hence, cybersecurity and IT security services exist to prevent potential hazards. But what is the difference between these services? Are they interchangeable? Learn more with Sencury. 


What is IT Security as a Service?  

IT Security stands for security practices and applications that are both physical and digital. So, the responsibility of the IT Security Service includes physical, technical and administrative security.  

Therefore, IT Security covers Network Security (Servers, Databases, APIs), End Point Security (Computers, Mobile Phones, Users), Internet Security (Https, SSL Certificates, OAuth 2.0), Cloud Security (OAuth 2.0, Web sockets), Wireless Security.

Essentially, IT Security follows the principles of CIA. This is an acronym for Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability principles. 

 

CONFIDENTIALITY – undisclosure of private or sensitive information 


INTEGRITY – ability to change information in a specific place and with authorization rights 


AVAILABILITY – the system is responsive, and without denied access to the authorized users 


Based on the definition and the scope of coverage, IT Security services might include, but are not limited to: 


  • Access controls: ensuring immediate access to sensitive information and resources only to authorized individuals; 

  • Identity and access management: identity management, strong authentication, and maintenance of user rights; 

  • Data encryption: data protection via encryption techniques to ensure there will be no unauthorized access; 

  • Network security: providing security to the network infrastructure of the organization: firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and virtual private networks (VPNs); 

  • Security monitoring and management: ongoing monitoring of systems and networks for potential security incidents, log analyses, alert responses.  

What is Cybersecurity?   

Cybersecurity is a subcategory within the IT Security Service that deals with data, data flow, and data transactions. For Cybersecurity, dealing with locations, physical security, or devices is impossible.  So, its coverage falls only in digital space. For example, different systems, networks, and programs that might be digitally attacked by cyber criminals.

  

The main aim of such fraudulent actions is to access, change, transform, destroy sensitive information. What is more, attackers tend to use ransomware to steal money or interrupt business continuity. That’s why Cybersecurity is one of the most sponsored markets these days. It is projected to reach $162.00 billion in 2023 and reach more than $256.50 billion by 2028


Cybersecurity includes security of Applications, Information, Networks, Operational, Encryption, Access Control, End-user Education and Disaster Recovery.  

Cybersecurity Services usually include the following aspects: 


  • Security risk assessment: identification of possible vulnerabilities within systems and networks and assessment of the overall security condition; 

  • Security architecture and design: development of secure network and system architectures, selection and implementation of security controls; 

  • Incident response and management: detection of security issues, incident response, investigation of breaches, and attack recovery; 

  • Security awareness and training: employee education with regards to security practices, promotion of potential threats awareness, and adherence to security principles; 

  • Security audit and compliance: audit of adherence to industry standards, and regulatory requirements (GDPR, HIPAA, PCI DSS). 


Cybersecurity vs IT Security: Major Differences  

 All Cybersecurity is IT security, but it can’t be stated vice versa. There are four main differences between IT Security and Cybersecurity. For instance, 

 

Scope 

The scope of Cybersecurity falls on digital assets and information. The main idea of the field is to protect everything digital from cyber threats. IT Security has a broader scope – physical assets, infrastructure, and components of IT.

  

Focus 

Cybersecurity focuses on security of computer systems, networks, and data that are digital. It protects against malware, ransomware, phishing attacks, hacking attempts, and other malicious activities targeting information systems. IT Security focuses on securing all aspects of IT: digital, physical, personnel, operational, also policies and procedures.

  

Threats 

Cybersecurity deals only with digital issues such as hacker attacks, cybercriminal fraud, malicious software, viruses, worms, botnets, and other cyber threats. IT Security focuses on threats to all the IT infrastructure. These might be physical (theft, vandalism, natural disasters, hardware failures), and human-made (errors compromising availability, integrity, confidentiality of IT resources). 


Implementation 

Cybersecurity implements a combination of technical controls (firewalls, intrusion detection systems, encryption), access controls, secure coding methods, security awareness training, incident response procedures. 


IT Security, in its turn, has a broader set of controls. These are physical controls (video surveillance), access control systems, and alarm systems, policies and procedures for user management, data backup, disaster recovery, asset management, and compliance with regulations and standards.   


Sencury’s IT Security and Cybersecurity   

Security is crucial today. Gartner analysts predict that approximately 45% of organizations in the world will be impacted by supply chain attacks by 2025. What’s more, in the 2022 Official Cybercrime Report it is stated that the cost of committed cybercrime will be more than $8 trillion in 2023 and reach up to $11 trillion by 2025. IBM and Ponemon Institute released a report, where they claim that it takes about 277 days (about 9 months) for security teams to identify and fix a data breach.

  

The only way to prevent security breaches is to adhere to protection measures. Sencury is here to help.  

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