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Understanding the basics of Cyber Security

Published by Phoebe | Blog | 09 February, 2021

Yes, it’s true, you don’t need a technical background or extensive IT knowledge to be able to implement a successful cybersecurity defense for your business.

Here at Nebula, we talk frequently about cybersecurity and how it is essential to have in place for any business. But what is cybersecurity? What are cyber threats? And what can you do to prevent them?

These are all valid questions, and ones we find our customers asking often. Which is why we wanted to strip it back to basics and look at cybersecurity from a more novice stance.

In the last year, we have all had to change our approach to the way in which we work and in most cases the location in which we work from. However, this has provided more opportunities for cybercriminals, leaving many businesses around the world vulnerable to cyber threats.

What is cybersecurity?

Let’s start at the beginning and talk about what we mean by cybersecurity. In simple terms; cybersecurity is the practice of protecting our devices and data from theft or damage. It can be applied to mobile devices, computers, laptops, servers, systems, networks – anywhere where data is stored. To be cyber secure is simply to have protection in place for your data so that it doesn’t end up in the hands of someone else.

Why is it important?

Cybersecurity is a fast-paced, adaptable, and highly dynamic field, and with people all over the world connecting everything to the internet every day; the chances of vulnerabilities, breaches, and attacks have risen dramatically. Passwords are no longer enough to protect your data, and for many businesses, a data breach could be detrimental, not only for monetary reasons but also for a business’s reputation.

The introduction of GDPR in 2018 enforced the new rules around data and data storage in and outside of the EU, and because of this, we all became more aware of the processes we had to enact. However now, as we have mostly moved away from our office environments, those security issues are, in many cases, becoming more apparent.

What can you do?

Whether you have a team dedicated to security within your workplace, an IT department, or general business rules to follow, it is essential that everyone is aware of how important it is to have a secure IT setup.

Cybersecurity isn’t necessarily about just hacking and breaking things, but actually about understanding and learning how technology and people work. You therefore don’t necessarily have to have a technical brain, or vast amounts of IT knowledge to understand the risks. In many cases, a non-technical background can be an advantage, as you are able to see the potential threats in the way a person would work every day.

To accomplish an effective approach to cybersecurity we should all be able to make sure that the people, processes, computers, networks, and technology within a business should complement each other.

How can we help?

At nebula, we specialise in helping businesses with their IT security. Whether you need advice on your current set up, information about how moving to the Cloud can make your business more secure, a managed IT Security solution, or simply just the materials to help you learn about how to become cyber aware, we can help.

If you are curious to learn more, then check out our Univertual free online learning platform, visit our managed security page, or simply give us a call to discuss more one on one training.