Cybersecurity Is a Growing Issue For Corporate America
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is part of the United States federal government, along with the intelligence community and other federal agencies define cybersecurity. Cybersecurity, computer security or digital information security is basically the protection of networks and computer systems from malicious attack, data theft, destruction or damage of their associated computer software, hardware, or electronic data. The information in computer systems can include credit card numbers, passwords, and other financial or sensitive information. In the case of a physical network, that might mean preventing a burglar from getting into the building and stealing the property.
Both digital data and computer networks are vulnerable to attacks from hackers who may want to take advantage of vulnerabilities in the systems for personal gain or for malicious purposes. A large number of companies have been the victims of cyber attacks resulting in loss of employee information and property. Hackers commonly use sophisticated tools and equipment to break through various layers of defense – from security to encryption to authentication – on networks to gain access and sometimes move forward to infiltrate company networks and carry out attacks. The Department of Homeland Security recognizes some specific vulnerability issues that are exploited more than others, such as desktop and laptop ports, remote management consoles, and internet and email servers.
There are several types of cyber security and one of them is application security – this is the prevention of external threats to prevent an insider from compromising a network and performing sabotage activities. Many companies have taken the help of third-party security companies and specialists who provide assistance in improving the overall security posture of their network. They employ the use of intrusion detection, response, and protection (IDS and MTP) networks, application monitoring, and comprehensive Vulnerability Assessment & Testing (CAT) methodology to secure the company’s critical infrastructures.