What is Cyber?

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What is cyber security?

Over recent years many myths have emerged surrounding cyber security, its importance and its functionality – but, unlike these myths, a simple explanation is sufficient for the every-day reader. In plain, cyber security is how individuals and businesses reduce the risk of a cyber attack. This can be through simple firewalls, access controls and authenticator apps, all the way to the likes of 24/7 protection from pro-active cyber security providers.

Cyber security protects the data and devices used in day-to-day life from gangs, organisations, government bodies and vengeful ex-employees. Its purpose is to defend those assets against all threats throughout the entire life cycle of a cyber attack.

Why is cyber security important?

In today’s world, everything is online and with the addition of COVID-19, organisations across the world have had to move to remote working, exposing themselves to cyber threats which they had not even considered this time last year. Below we have listed why it’s important to have cyber security:

Sophistication

Cyber attackers have become increasingly sophisticated in the last decade as the internet transcends the business world. Cyber attacks are no longer random, they’re targeted and can bypass a single fire wall or basic security walls in a matter of minutes. Research conducted by the NCSC found that hackers could access private university information within two hours2.

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