What is cyber security?

By Kayleigh Shooter
Cyber security is at the heart of every business and is vital to its survival, but what exactly is it...

 Simply put, cyber security is protection against threats in computer systems and networks that aim to steal sensitive data or damage hardware. In an ever-changing digital world, cybersecurity is at the heart of every business and at the front of everybody's mind. Cybersecurity threats arise every day and companies and people have to continuously adapt to overcome these dangers and not fall victim to the threats.

Businesses of all sizes need to have strong cybersecurity in order to keep the sensitive data of its customers safe from a breach. If a company does not have good cybersecurity and suffers a cyber attack whereby its customers data gets leaked, this could have a detrimental impact on the company and its reputation, this could even result in the failure of the company.

Cybersecurity is important in our day to day lives as mobile phones and smart devices have become such a big part of our life. From online banking to emailing, cyber threats are always prevalent. 

Whilst many companies should have strong cyber security, you can't always rely on that and you need to take actions to protect your data from hackers. Some things that you can do to protect yourself is to use strong passwords (which are different for different platforms), do not open attachments in emails from senders that you do not know, avoid using unsecured WiFi networks and finally, update your software and operating systems regularly so you benefit from the latest levels of security. 

In July's magazine, we counted down the world’s top ten cybersecurity companies, with the results being; One Identity, Absolute Software, Deep Instinct, Kount, Centrify, Infoblox, Mimecast, Blackberry, FireEye and Crowdstrike. Read the full list and find out more about each company below. 

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