October 20, 2022

What is Cyber Security?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call for many organisations when it comes to cybersecurity. With more employees working remotely, there are more opportunities for cyber criminals to exploit vulnerabilities. There are also concerns over ransomware attacks that weaponize cloud resources. As a result, there is an increasing demand for cyber security professionals who have the right skills and knowledge to protect networks and data. If you have the relevant experience and qualifications, this is an excellent time to pursue a career in cybersecurity. There are many exciting opportunities available, and you can make a real difference in the fight against cybercrime.

In 2022, security professionals will need to collaborate more than ever with their business due to a lack of security.

What is cyber security?

  • Cybersecurity is a practice of protecting the systems, networks from digital attacks
  • Now that many of the companies, financial sectors, and government organisations are looking forward to protecting their data from hackers or cybercriminals. These attacks must be handled by Engineers, Pentesters, Security Testers and other professionals to prevent the attack

Why is cyber security important?

  • Cybersecurity impacts many different sectors from government organisations, to startups, to mid and large enterprises and can affect you personally at home
  • Not too long ago it was possible to use a simple firewall or antivirus software as your sole security measures but this is no longer the case
  • Cyber threats can come at any level so it’s important to educate yourself about simple scams like phishing, ransomware attacks or other malware designed to steal intellectual property or personal data
  • Cybersecurity risk is increasing and without the right knowledge, companies and you yourself cannot defend yourself against data breach campaigns

Because of these factors there is now an increase in job opportunities, in the UK alone there was a 58% increase in demand for cyber security professionals. With this in mind let’s explore the differences between a few roles.

Network Security vs Cyber Security


Network Security

Cyber Security

  • Network security protects the data flowing over the network
  • Cybersecurity protects the data residing in the devices and servers
  • A subset of cybersecurity
  • A subset of information security
  • Protects in the network realm
  • Protects in the cyber realm
  • Protection from DOS attacks
  • Protection from cyber-attacks
  • Network Security strikes against trojans
  • Cyber Security strikes against cyber crimes
  • Viruses and worms
  • Phishing and pre-texting
  • Network security protects the transit data only
  • Cybersecurity protects entire digital data
  • It secures the data travelling across the network by terminals
  • It deals with the protection of the data resting


Information Security vs Cyber Security


Cyber Security

Information Security

  • Focuses on online threats
  • Takes a view of the security landscape
  • Cyber professional learns to think like a hacker
  • Information security deals with the protection of data
  • Should understand malicious software in dept
  • Oversees unauthorised access
  • Acts as the first line of defence
  • Makes strategy to recover from a breach


If you would like to find out more about starting a cyber security career get in touch today.

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