The Different Types Of Cyber Security

Cyber security is how organisations, like yours, protect their IT infrastructure from cyber attacks. We understand that the mere mention of unplanned downtime, information disclosure, and monetary losses are enough to make your hair stand on end. Unfortunately, these are all potential risks when your IT is not closely guarded by highly trained professionals (and by that, we mean an expert cyber security company).

Implementing cyber security protections is essential for businesses of all sizes, not just the likes of the BBC or Twitter. If you’re a growing organisation, safeguarding against threats online is imperative. Having the right cyber security features in place ensures your operations continue uninterrupted with no issues or challenges you haven’t planned for. 

You shouldn’t have to think about your IT security. It needs to be reliable and trustworthy, so you can focus on other areas of your business with peace of mind that all work-related devices are protected. 

The last thing you want is to be interrupted when you’re leaving the office because of an issue with IT. Cyber security lets you go home, put your feet up, and enjoy your evening, rather than running around fixing a problem shouldn't exist in the first place.

 

Types Of Cyber Security

The most effective and efficient IT security protections vary depending on your organisation’s requirements, future goals, and pain points. There’s no point focusing on measures that protect tablets when all your staff works on desktops.

Do you know your malware from your software? To understand what IT security is and the best fit for your business, explore the different security measures below.

 

  • Network Security
  • Cloud Security
  • Internet of Things

 

Network Security

Network security protects your computer network from cyber attacks. Utilising different features, these safeguards reduce the risk of threats from inside and outside your business. The strategy encompasses various software and hardware that is constantly evolving to adapt to the landscape of cyber threats.

Across your network are multiple layers that all require separate protections. There are three different controls involved in network cyber security, physical, technical, and administrative. All three feature technologies work in tandem to create a robust protection against potential cyber security threats.

Physical

Routers, cabling cupboards, and servers all require physical protection from unauthorised access. Even devices as simple as locks play an important role in protecting your network from cyber threats. As your IT security protections evolve, you can incorporate access control or biometric authentication systems for total peace of mind.

Technical

Data losses can inconvenience your business, but in the worst-case scenario can lead to password breaches, financial information being exposed, and sensitive data leaks. Technical security features prevent unauthorised personnel, both inside and outside your organisation, from gaining access to your business’s data.

Administrative

95% of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error. That’s why administrative security features are essential to monitor user behaviour to ensure no internal breaches occur. A single mistake can be costly, don’t let it happen to your business. An expert cyber security company can advise you on the best way to prevent issues arising from administrative errors. (That may sound like a shameless plug, but when it comes to IT security, we’re happy to humbly brag about our skills!)

 

Cloud Security

Many growing businesses are using cloud computing to improve efficiency, data storage capacity, and scalability. Cloud-based infrastructure enables you to store large quantities of data and requires cloud-specific IT security features to prevent any data losses. You should never leave your organisation vulnerable to cyber attacks through your cloud infrastructure, however. Implementing the right measures makes your life easier; instead of worrying about cloud security, you can focus on other areas of your business.

Continuous Monitoring

Utilising automation allows IT security professionals to continuously monitor your cloud-based infrastructure. This allows you to spot potential threats and vulnerabilities before they cause a problem for your organisation. You can also collect data and use it to identify areas for cyber security improvement.

Multi-Factor Encryption

Multi-factor authentication is a type of access control method that means users need multiple credentials to prove they’re authorised to view data. Whether you’re storing data or moving it to another location, you should always use multi-factor encryption to safeguard your business.

Disaster Recovery

Cyber security breaches, natural disasters, or a disaster due to human error can all cause all kinds of issues for businesses’ cloud infrastructure. Having a recovery plan allows your operations to seamlessly continue without incurring unplanned downtime or data losses.

 

Internet of Things

Across your team, there are many devices connected to your organisation’s network. Tablets, desktops, and mobiles used on your network have the potential to be exploited through cyber attacks. IoT security is a technology area dedicated to securing internet of things connected devices and networks (IoT). As much as we want to think that staff are always working when using these devices, exploring personal social media accounts, or even doing a spot of Black Friday shopping, could leave your network at risk.

On separate employee devices, there is the risk of malware being downloaded through phishing attacks, for example. Utilising network security features safeguards against this issue as all devices are connected to the same network. However, some devices aren’t designed with network security as a key feature, so IoT-specific security measures are essential to implement.

IoT Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

  • Data breaches.
  • Software attacks.
  • Weak encryption across devices.
  • Reduced visibility.

 

When working across multiple devices, your organisation’s cyber security is only as strong as the weakest link. We’re sure there’s an Anne Robinson pun in there somewhere, but essentially, if one device is compromised, your entire network is vulnerable to the same cyber attack. Working with IT security professionals allows you to analyse all aspects of your operations and devices to identify risks. From there, it’s simple to source and implement the most effective security measures to give you complete peace of mind.

 

Bluecube Cyber Security

At Bluecube, we’re an IT provider that makes IT simple and straightforward for businesses. Cyber criminals are constantly evolving, which is why we constantly innovate to provide the best service to all our clients.

Talk to us today to find out the right cyber security solutions for your organisation. Explore how we design long-term strategies to future-proof the security of your business.

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